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JANUARY / FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

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Puraffinity plans to provide<br />

PFAS-free water to 1 billion<br />

people by 2030<br />

“The water industry brings<br />

humanity through the ongoing<br />

climate crisis”<br />

Flow measurement of treated<br />

water for a drinking water<br />

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CONTENTS<br />

04 Editor’s note<br />

05 News<br />

50 SWA newsletter<br />

63 What’s next?<br />

64 Advertisers’ index<br />

CONTENTS<br />

SINGAPORE FOCUS<br />

12 Navigating the water innovation<br />

wave: Startups Hydroleap and<br />

SpaceAge Labs ride high with<br />

seed funding<br />

13 Proaspect IIoT sensor product<br />

solutions<br />

14 Redefining cleantech: The need<br />

for onsite contamination testing<br />

in advancing environmental<br />

safety and sustainability<br />

IN CONVERSATION<br />

WITH<br />

17 “Future crises will most<br />

probably become water crises”<br />

15<br />

20 Puraffinity plans to provide<br />

PFAS-free water to 1 billion<br />

people by 2030<br />

22 “Prioritise adaptive solutions to<br />

ensure water security”<br />

24 “The water industry brings<br />

humanity through the ongoing<br />

climate crisis”<br />

IN THE FIELD<br />

26 HOYA Electronics recycles more<br />

than 75% of used water with<br />

PUB <strong>Water</strong> Efficiency Fund<br />

27 Reliable chemical analysers<br />

reduce maintenance<br />

28 Digital twins for water utilities<br />

validate economic feasibility by<br />

levelling system operations and<br />

improving decision-making<br />

30 Aerzen’s quantaer fine<br />

bubble aeration system saves<br />

resources<br />

32 The challenges of water<br />

management in South East <strong>Asia</strong><br />

22<br />

2 <strong>Water</strong> & <strong>Wastewater</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>January</strong>-<strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong>


CONTENTS<br />

FOCUS<br />

34 Energy efficient opportunities for<br />

wastewater treatment<br />

37 Flow measurement of treated<br />

water for a drinking water supply<br />

system<br />

39 Instrumentation confidence<br />

underpins power station<br />

performance<br />

41 Mine water treatment relies on<br />

borehole loggers<br />

43 Materials can impact product<br />

design life and produce safer<br />

drinking water<br />

HOTSEAT<br />

45 Transforming waste into wealth:<br />

Altent Renewables solution to<br />

water-rich sludge<br />

32<br />

48 Sullage water treatment using<br />

CDS technology in Malaysia<br />

ON OUR RADAR<br />

55 New KSB submersible pumps<br />

in discharge tube for a range of<br />

applications<br />

56 Sumitomo speed reducer:<br />

Cyclo 6000<br />

57 New SO-3 screw compressor<br />

from BOGE<br />

58 Transmitter for precise drinking<br />

water flow measurements<br />

59 ANDRITZ C-press screw press:<br />

The operator-friendly technology<br />

for dewatering<br />

60 Danfoss DST P10B CANopen<br />

pressure transmitter for<br />

sensor-level connectivity<br />

40<br />

61 GWS ASME series: Heavy duty<br />

pressure vessels<br />

61 Emerson launches compact<br />

valve position indicator for quick<br />

commissioning<br />

SHOW REVIEW<br />

62 SEA 2023 highlights growing<br />

regional efforts for a green<br />

future<br />

59<br />

<strong>Water</strong> & <strong>Wastewater</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>January</strong>-<strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong> 3


EDITOR’S NOTE<br />

Our bodies of water<br />

Often, the repercussions of the<br />

water crisis are external: ocean<br />

pollution, decline in sanitation, along<br />

with increasing droughts and floods<br />

globally. But this perspective is<br />

surface level; the tip of the iceberg.<br />

This issue’s theme of health and<br />

water quality management delves<br />

into how the water crisis impacts the<br />

internal: our human body. We are,<br />

after all, about 60% water.<br />

In this first issue of <strong>2024</strong>, <strong>Water</strong> &<br />

<strong>Wastewater</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> uncovers how<br />

the industry enhances water<br />

safety, spots early detection of<br />

contaminants in water and innovates<br />

to produce purified drinking water.<br />

For instance, ‘forever chemical’<br />

contaminants: pathogens and<br />

per- and polyfluorinated substances<br />

(PFAS) continue to threaten our<br />

health. According to water treatment<br />

company Puraffinity CEO Henrik<br />

Hagemann, “current technologies<br />

were not designed to capture PFAS,<br />

especially not at the levels the US<br />

and some European countries are<br />

suggesting” (p. 21). Flip to page 20<br />

to find out how his company plans to<br />

provide PFAS-free water to 1 billion<br />

people by 2030 – an ambitious goal<br />

he deemed necessary for both<br />

nature and human health.<br />

As the demand for drinking water<br />

increases with a growing global<br />

population, distributing water<br />

poses a large-scale challenge for<br />

governments. In Australia, to supply<br />

more than 40 million litres of drinking<br />

water every day, KHRONE flowmeter<br />

allowed a water utilities provider<br />

to complete the changeover of<br />

flowmeters within 8hrs, ensuring<br />

the water supply to the city was not<br />

compromised (p. 37). Wilo Group<br />

president and CEO Oliver Hermes<br />

predicts that future humanitarian<br />

crises will become water crises as<br />

this vital resource is not distributed<br />

equally, but he plans to mitigate<br />

water scarcity by expanding Wilo<br />

product portfolio in all steps of the<br />

water cycle. Read all about his water<br />

strategies on page 17.<br />

To drive innovation, water<br />

companies such as NIVUS are<br />

enhancing their measurement<br />

system for precise measuring and<br />

monitoring of drinking water flows.<br />

Experts also shared that a simple<br />

change in material of valve seats<br />

produce safer drinking water, as<br />

seen in Mueller’s decision to move<br />

from nitrile (Buna-N) to Ethylene<br />

Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM)<br />

(p. 43). In the long run, such<br />

enhancement in water technologies<br />

has profound impact to our health.<br />

As Ashley Ng, director of decision<br />

intelligence solutions for emerging<br />

markets at Xylem, puts it, “the<br />

water industry brings humanity<br />

through the ongoing climate crisis”<br />

(p. 24). It is up to us. Recognising<br />

this interconnectedness is a fresh<br />

perspective to kickstart <strong>2024</strong>. Like<br />

the earth, we are all mostly bodies of<br />

water.<br />

Amira Yunos<br />

Amira Yunos<br />

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NEWS<br />

Endress+Hauser new CEO and<br />

president of the supervisory board<br />

Endress+Hauser has completed<br />

the change at the top of the group:<br />

Dr Peter Selders has taken over<br />

as CEO of the Swiss specialist<br />

for measurement technology and<br />

automation solutions. The 54-year-old<br />

holds a doctorate in physics, has been<br />

with the company since 2004 and<br />

was previously managing director of<br />

the competence centre for level and<br />

pressure measurement technology<br />

based in Maulburg, Germany. He is<br />

only the fourth CEO in the group’s<br />

70-year history.<br />

His predecessor Matthias Altendorf<br />

is moving to the supervisory board<br />

after 10 years at the helm. In 2014,<br />

he became the first non-family CEO<br />

to succeed Dr Klaus Endress. He is<br />

now replacing the 75-year-old as<br />

president of the supervisory board.<br />

In future, two members of the third<br />

generation will represent the interests<br />

of the shareholder family. In addition<br />

to Sandra Genge, Steven Endress, a<br />

grandson of the company founder,<br />

joined the board on 1 Jan <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Peter Selders has been succeeded at<br />

Endress+Hauser Level+Pressure by<br />

Dr Dirk Mörmann, who was previously<br />

head of technology and a member of<br />

the management board.<br />

From left: Dr Peter Selders takes over as Endress+Hauser CEO,<br />

Matthias Altendorf as new president of the supervisory board<br />

(Image: Endress+Hauser)<br />

SIWW<strong>2024</strong> pre-registration is now open<br />

The 10th Singapore International<br />

<strong>Water</strong> Week (SIWW) will be held from<br />

18-22 Jun <strong>2024</strong> at the Sands Expo and<br />

Convention Centre.<br />

As one of the world’s premier platforms<br />

for innovative urban water, coastal and<br />

flood solutions, SIWW<strong>2024</strong> will play<br />

host to global leaders, experts and<br />

practitioners from governments, cities,<br />

utilities, academia and industry to share<br />

best practices and solutions, showcase<br />

the latest innovations and technologies,<br />

and harness business opportunities<br />

to solve urban water and climate<br />

challenges.<br />

(Image: SIWW)<br />

Themes presented will include climate<br />

mitigation and water sustainability,<br />

resource circularity, climate adaptation,<br />

and digitalisation. SIWW is part of the<br />

strategic programme of the Singapore<br />

Government to grow the water industry<br />

and develop water technologies.<br />

Pre-register now for a 10% discount<br />

off standard registration fees.<br />

<strong>Water</strong> & <strong>Wastewater</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>January</strong>-<strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong> 5


NEWS<br />

Aurecon expands environmental expertise in <strong>Asia</strong><br />

with acquisition of Singapore consultancy<br />

International design, engineering<br />

and advisory company Aurecon has<br />

acquired Singapore Environmental<br />

Consultancy and Solutions (SECS),<br />

which is a member of the Aurecon<br />

group since 15 Nov 2023.<br />

This acquisition reinforces Aurecon’s<br />

commitment to expanding its<br />

environmental and sustainability<br />

capabilities in <strong>Asia</strong>. SECS brings<br />

expertise in environmental<br />

consultancy, amplifying Aurecon<br />

portfolio and presence in this<br />

domain, which it has been<br />

strengthening over the last three<br />

years in <strong>Asia</strong>.<br />

The acquisition of SECS follows<br />

Aurecon’s previous investments in<br />

the environmental and sustainability<br />

sector. In August 2021, Aurecon<br />

acquired Aurecon Lestari, a<br />

multi-disciplinary environmental<br />

consultancy based in Malaysia.<br />

Subsequently, on 1 Jun 2022,<br />

it expanded its reach with the<br />

acquisition of Acuity & Acumen, an<br />

environmental consultancy based<br />

in Hong Kong. In December 2022,<br />

Aurecon added AEC, one of Hong<br />

Kong’s independent ecological<br />

consultancies, to its portfolio.<br />

2030. Singapore is an ideal setting<br />

for Aurecon’s environmental<br />

dedication, as seen through<br />

initiatives like the Singapore Green<br />

Plan 2030. Furthermore, climate<br />

change concerns are pressing in<br />

<strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific, with a report from the<br />

<strong>Asia</strong>n Development Bank (ADB)<br />

warning of potential GDP losses of<br />

up to 24% in developing <strong>Asia</strong> and<br />

30% in South East <strong>Asia</strong> by 2100<br />

under high emissions scenarios.<br />

However, <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific has<br />

60-69% of CEOs committing<br />

to net zero or carbon-neutral<br />

targets, outperforming their<br />

global counterparts by 9-13%,<br />

according to professional<br />

services network PwC report.<br />

This commitment to sustainability<br />

and innovation promises $324bn<br />

in economic output and 1.5 million<br />

jobs in the region over the next<br />

two decades.<br />

SINGAPORE GREEN PLAN 2030<br />

Launched in <strong>February</strong> 2021, the<br />

Singapore Green Plan 2030 is<br />

a national initiative that aims to<br />

mobilise all sectors of society toward<br />

advancing sustainable development<br />

in Singapore. Spearheaded by five<br />

key ministries and supported by<br />

the government, the Green Plan<br />

outlines concrete objectives for<br />

the remainder of this decade. It<br />

encompasses five fundamental<br />

pillars, each with its focus: city in<br />

nature, energy reset, sustainable<br />

living, green economy, and resilient<br />

future. This acquisition aligns with<br />

Singapore’s vision.<br />

Koh Lay Kuan, operations director<br />

of SECS, said, “This integration<br />

offers [an] opportunity to elevate<br />

our environmental and sustainability<br />

services in collaboration with a<br />

leader in engineering, design, and<br />

advisory solutions.”<br />

Aurecon acquisition<br />

of SECS expands<br />

its environmental<br />

and sustainability<br />

capabilities in <strong>Asia</strong><br />

(Image: Aurecon)<br />

Aurecon CEO William Cox said, “This<br />

initiative stands as a testament<br />

to our blueprint to 2025, the pillar<br />

dedicated to growth in <strong>Asia</strong>’s<br />

environmental and sustainability<br />

sector, where we target to achieve<br />

a growth rate exceeding 25% by<br />

2025.”<br />

Recognising <strong>Asia</strong>’s role in its<br />

portfolio, Aurecon’s commitment to<br />

environmental initiatives aligns with<br />

the region’s long-term projections<br />

of nearly US$26tn in investment by<br />

6 <strong>Water</strong> & <strong>Wastewater</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>January</strong>-<strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong>


NEWS<br />

Ecolab expands regional<br />

coverage in Vietnam by opening<br />

a new manufacturing plant<br />

Ecolab, a global sustainability group<br />

offering water, hygiene, and infection<br />

prevention solutions and services,<br />

continues its expansion to meet<br />

the growing market and increasing<br />

customer demand. It has opened its<br />

new manufacturing plant in Ho Nai<br />

industrial park, near Ho Chi Minh city,<br />

Vietnam. This new facility serves to<br />

demonstrate Ecolab’s commitment<br />

to supporting customers, innovation,<br />

and sustainability in Vietnam and<br />

throughout South East <strong>Asia</strong>.<br />

The new plant has 3,000m 2 of space<br />

with a laboratory, manufacturing<br />

facility and warehouse. The new facility<br />

will also provide additional local job<br />

opportunities, bringing the company’s<br />

workforce in Vietnam to more than 100<br />

people. Ecolab supports customers in<br />

multiple industrial markets, including<br />

food service, lodging, healthcare,<br />

building facilities, F&B processing,<br />

manufacturing, transportation,<br />

pulp and paper, microelectronics,<br />

petrochemicals, and power generation.<br />

Greg Lukasik, senior vice-president<br />

and market head for South East <strong>Asia</strong>,<br />

Ecolab said, “This space will serve as a<br />

hub of science, expertise, and support<br />

From left: Grace Goh, director for supply chain, South East <strong>Asia</strong>; Greg<br />

Lukasik, senior vice-president and market head, South East <strong>Asia</strong>;<br />

Chandrasegeran Marimuthu, vice-president and country manager<br />

for Vietnam; consul general Susan Burns, US embassy and Vietnam<br />

consulate; Sam De Boo, executive vice-president and president, global<br />

markets; and Gregory Harris, principal commercial officer, US embassy<br />

and Vietnam consulate (Image: Ecolab)<br />

activities from the Ecolab team to<br />

serve both our customers, as well as<br />

the local community. With the opening<br />

of the new plant, we are creating<br />

new opportunities for customer<br />

partnerships, while supporting the<br />

development and growth of Vietnam’s<br />

thriving economy.”<br />

<strong>Water</strong> & <strong>Wastewater</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>January</strong>-<strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong> 7


NEWS<br />

LANXESS reshuffles<br />

management positions in<br />

four business units<br />

Specialty chemicals company<br />

LANXESS is reshuffling the<br />

management positions in four of<br />

its 10 business units to provide<br />

additional impetus for its business<br />

in the consumer protection segment<br />

and benefit from the experience of its<br />

proven managers.<br />

These five personnel changes<br />

will take effect on 1 Feb <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Michael Schäfer, currently head of<br />

the material protection products<br />

business unit, will take over as head<br />

of the Saltigo business unit. From<br />

the liquid purification technologies<br />

business unit, the current head<br />

Bettina Blottko will take over as<br />

head of the material protection<br />

products business unit. The country<br />

representative for the greater China<br />

region, Michael Rockel, will take<br />

over the management of the liquid<br />

purification technologies business<br />

unit in addition to his current role.<br />

Finally, current head of the Saltigo<br />

business unit Michael Zobel will take<br />

over as head of the flavours and<br />

fragrances business unit. On the<br />

other hand, the current head of the<br />

flavours and fragrances business<br />

unit Holger Hüppeler, will take<br />

over as head of the group function<br />

procurement and logistics.<br />

“In addition to savings and<br />

structural improvements through<br />

our ‘FORWARD!’ action plan, this<br />

also includes personnel changes,”<br />

LANXESS CEO Matthias Zachert said,<br />

“We want to strengthen our consumer<br />

protection segment, which we have<br />

established in recent years.”<br />

(Image: LANXESS)<br />

US water utilities deploy PFAS treatment technologies to<br />

safeguard drinking water for communities<br />

As US and European lawmakers<br />

tighten restrictions on per- and<br />

polyfluoroalkyl substances<br />

(PFAS) contaminants in water —<br />

Xylem is working with municipal<br />

and industrial customers<br />

to address this challenge,<br />

reportedly with more than 80<br />

PFAS mitigation installations in<br />

the US.<br />

For example, Stratmoor Hills<br />

<strong>Water</strong> District (SHWD) — which<br />

oversees a combination of<br />

surface and groundwater sources<br />

in the foothills of Cheyenne<br />

mountain in southern Colorado<br />

springs — has deployed selective<br />

ion exchange treatment aimed<br />

at countering two of the most<br />

commonly identifiable PFAS<br />

compounds: Perfluorooctanoic<br />

acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl<br />

sulfonate (PFOS). Using selective<br />

single-use ion exchange<br />

technology, the utility has<br />

reportedly reduced contaminants<br />

to levels below compliance limits<br />

and mitigated water quality issues<br />

for its customers.<br />

In Maine, the Kennebunkport,<br />

Kennebunkport and Wells<br />

<strong>Water</strong> District (KKWWD) took<br />

a proactive approach when<br />

it detected PFAS in one of its<br />

system’s supply wells. KKWWD<br />

worked with Xylem to deploy a<br />

granular activated carbon system<br />

that has treated more than<br />

200 million gallons of water to<br />

meet the utility’s drinking water<br />

treatment goals.<br />

Elsewhere in California, the<br />

Orange County <strong>Water</strong> District<br />

(OCWD) deployed over 30<br />

liquid-phase media adsorption<br />

vessel systems to treat for<br />

PFAS, following a change in<br />

California law in 2020. The<br />

vessels were connected to<br />

existing drinking water wells<br />

to allow individual water<br />

districts to continue delivering<br />

drinking water in compliance<br />

for its more than 2.5 million<br />

customers.<br />

“The experience of these early<br />

adopters demonstrates that<br />

with the right technology and<br />

expertise, utilities can meet<br />

treatment and compliance<br />

goals cost effectively for their<br />

communities,” said Snehal<br />

Desai, senior vice-president,<br />

chief growth and innovation<br />

officer at Xylem.<br />

8 <strong>Water</strong> & <strong>Wastewater</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>January</strong>-<strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong>


NEWS<br />

Bruntons Propellers as Thordon Bearings’<br />

authorised distributor in the UK and Ireland<br />

Bruntons Propellers’ facility<br />

in Clacton-on-Sea, UK<br />

(Image: Thordon Bearings)<br />

<strong>Water</strong>-lubricated and grease-free<br />

seals and bearings group Thordon<br />

Bearings has appointed Bruntons<br />

Propellers as its new distributor for<br />

the UK and Ireland region, from 1 Jan<br />

<strong>2024</strong>. The propeller manufacturer will<br />

market, supply and service Thordon’s<br />

entire marine portfolio of propeller<br />

shaft bearings and seals. There is also<br />

provision for Bruntons to promote and<br />

service Thordon products in other<br />

market segments.<br />

Neil McDonald, Thordon Bearings<br />

regional manager, northern Europe<br />

and Africa, said, “In this important<br />

geographical market, Bruntons is [an]<br />

established brand, with a heritage<br />

spanning more than 100 years. The<br />

company, part of the Langham group,<br />

which includes Stone Marine and<br />

Tridan Engineering, also has the<br />

capability to machine and service<br />

bearings and seals on site.”<br />

With a unique arrangement<br />

among Thordon’s global network<br />

of authorised distributors, it is<br />

anticipated that Bruntons will<br />

provide greater exposure across<br />

a number of market sectors in the<br />

UK and Ireland, leveraging Thordon<br />

products with major system<br />

integrators, systems suppliers, ship<br />

owners and shipyards.<br />

Bruntons’ director, Jonathan<br />

Shaw, added, “The merchant<br />

maritime and defence sectors<br />

will be the main focus areas,<br />

but the agreement allows us to<br />

diversify into new industrial and<br />

pump markets.” He plans to offer<br />

a range of professional sales and<br />

engineering services, with the<br />

Thordon inventory in place soon for<br />

quick turnaround delivery.<br />

While the UK defence sector has<br />

for decades been a proponent of<br />

water-lubricated bearings and seals<br />

due to their low noise and vibration<br />

signature, Thordon Bearings is<br />

seeing more and more UK-flagged<br />

merchant vessels look to the<br />

technology to meet existing and<br />

future environmental regulations.<br />

“We hope to announce the first<br />

order under this new agreement<br />

in coming weeks,” said McDonald.<br />

“There are opportunities with new<br />

and existing customers throughout<br />

the region, since Bruntons can now<br />

offer complete propeller shaft lines<br />

with a Thordon seal and bearing<br />

package.”<br />

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NEWS<br />

Rivers are Life unveils inaugural ‘state of<br />

rivers around the world’ survey results<br />

Collective voice for global river<br />

ecosystems Rivers are Life<br />

has revealed the multinational,<br />

multicultural, and cross-generational<br />

results of its ‘state of rivers around<br />

the world’ survey conducted by<br />

SAVANTA, a market research<br />

consultancy, from 3-18 Oct 2023.<br />

The global survey gathered insights<br />

from 6,645 people throughout<br />

14 countries and four continents,<br />

including North America, South<br />

America, Europe, and South East<br />

<strong>Asia</strong>.<br />

About 91% of people around the<br />

world believe that climate change<br />

needs to be acted on in <strong>2024</strong>, and 9<br />

in 10 report that rivers are important<br />

to climate change mitigation.<br />

Moreover, 80% globally agree that<br />

rivers have an impact on their lives.<br />

“What is most shocking about this<br />

data is that more than 90% of the<br />

world agrees on: climate change<br />

needs to be addressed, and rivers<br />

play a vital role in mitigating those<br />

issues,” said Katie Horning, BeAlive,<br />

head of Rivers are Life. “Despite<br />

that alignment, there are still gaps<br />

in knowledge about rivers, and how<br />

people can take action to make a<br />

difference.”<br />

1<br />

2<br />

1 These results<br />

show that,<br />

despite regional<br />

and cultural<br />

differences,<br />

people globally<br />

agree that<br />

climate health<br />

and rivers are<br />

inseparable<br />

2 Despite 81%<br />

of people<br />

considering<br />

rivers to be a<br />

vital part of the<br />

food system and<br />

94% agreeing<br />

that rivers are<br />

important to<br />

agriculture, the<br />

majority would<br />

not eat a fish out<br />

of their local river<br />

3 98% would like to<br />

know more about<br />

environmental<br />

issues<br />

GREATER EDUCATION IS NEEDED<br />

Across findings, respondents<br />

agreed that there is a need for<br />

greater education around the<br />

environment, river systems and how<br />

they can help.<br />

Additionally, 74% of participants<br />

believe more public awareness will<br />

improve the health of rivers, and<br />

63% say lack of attention to the<br />

issue is a major obstacle to reducing<br />

water pollution.<br />

3<br />

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“Education is a component to<br />

addressing issues like river pollution,<br />

and we at Louisiana State University<br />

(LSU) contribute both academic<br />

expertise and on-the-ground support<br />

to Rivers are Life,” said Clint Willson,<br />

interim dean of LSU college of the<br />

coast and environment and director<br />

of the LSU centre for river studies.<br />

The centre is an academic partner to<br />

Rivers are Life. “LSU commitment to<br />

this research signifies educating and<br />

encouraging younger generations<br />

globally to advocate for the vitality of<br />

waterways.”<br />

Around the world, and across<br />

generations, there are a few key<br />

differentiators about what individuals<br />

want to learn and how they take<br />

action. It is reported that 69% of<br />

people in South America and <strong>Asia</strong><br />

are twice as likely to be interested<br />

in learning about environmental<br />

issues facing rivers than those in<br />

North America and Europe, which<br />

encompassed 30%.<br />

MORE URGENT ACTION IS<br />

REQUIRED<br />

While most survey respondents agree<br />

that some action is required, the<br />

findings show differing responses<br />

when it comes to how this problem<br />

is addressed: with 76% believing<br />

that human behaviour is the biggest<br />

obstacle to reducing water pollution;<br />

and only 10% of participants strongly<br />

agreeing that their countries’ leaders<br />

care about the health of rivers.<br />

About 59% of people are<br />

planning to take action to help<br />

clean their rivers in <strong>2024</strong>, they<br />

just need help getting started.<br />

Images: Rivers are Life<br />

4<br />

5<br />

4 Limiting pollution<br />

in rivers is a<br />

higher concern<br />

for people in<br />

South America<br />

and <strong>Asia</strong> when<br />

compared to<br />

North America<br />

and Europe<br />

5 Despite these<br />

concerns,<br />

respondents<br />

shared a sense<br />

of hopefulness<br />

and willingness<br />

to help<br />

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Navigating the water<br />

innovation wave: Startups<br />

Hydroleap and SpaceAge Labs<br />

ride high with seed funding<br />

1 2<br />

1 SpaceAge<br />

Labs founders<br />

(Image:<br />

SpaceAge Labs)<br />

2 From left:<br />

Dr Lakshmi<br />

Jothinathan,<br />

head of R&D,<br />

Hydroleap, and<br />

Dr Mohammad<br />

Sherafatmand,<br />

CEO and founder,<br />

Hydroleap<br />

(Image:<br />

Hydroleap)<br />

Singapore <strong>Water</strong> Exchange<br />

(SgWX) — a water technology,<br />

innovation and entrepreneurship<br />

ecosystem launched in 2018 to<br />

support the commercialisation of<br />

water technologies in the industry<br />

— is proving to be fertile ground<br />

for budding water tech startups.<br />

Recently, two resident companies,<br />

Hydroleap and SpaceAge Labs,<br />

secured funding rounds, highlighting<br />

the growing investor appetite for<br />

solutions in the water sector.<br />

HYDROLEAP’S CHEMICAL-FREE<br />

REVOLUTION<br />

Founded in 2016, Hydroleap is<br />

carving a niche with its chemical-free,<br />

electrochemical technology for<br />

industrial wastewater treatment.<br />

This eco-friendly approach has<br />

garnered interest from cooling<br />

towers, food processing companies,<br />

and palm oil industries across<br />

South East <strong>Asia</strong>.<br />

Their partnership for a pilot<br />

project on seawater desalination<br />

pretreatment with PUB, Singapore’s<br />

National <strong>Water</strong> Agency, is a<br />

testament to their technology’s<br />

potential. This project, aiming<br />

to eliminate chemical usage,<br />

reduce sludge volume and energy<br />

consumption, offers validation and<br />

track record for Hydroleap.<br />

Their recent Series A funding of<br />

US$4.4m, led by Japanese venture<br />

capital firm Real Tech Holdings,<br />

reflects investor confidence in<br />

Hydroleap’s technology. Other<br />

corporate investors in this Series<br />

A round include Seeds Capital, an<br />

investment arm of EnterpriseSG;<br />

Mitsubishi Electric; Wavemaker<br />

Partners; New Keynes Investments<br />

and the state government of Victoria,<br />

Australia. With this boost, Hydroleap<br />

is poised to expand into new markets<br />

in Australia, Japan and Indonesia<br />

over the next two years, and across<br />

data centres, F&B, manufacturing<br />

and mining industries. This allows<br />

Hydroleap to solidify its position<br />

as a leader in sustainable water<br />

treatment.<br />

SPACEAGE LABS: DATA-DRIVEN<br />

INSIGHTS FOR SMART WATER<br />

MANAGEMENT<br />

Leveraging the power of low-power,<br />

long-range wireless Internet of<br />

Things (IoT) devices to collect asset<br />

data, which is then processed with<br />

artificial intelligence (AI) software to<br />

generate insights, SpaceAge Labs<br />

helps companies optimise distributed<br />

water asset management. Their<br />

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solutions provide real-time data<br />

on assets like sewers, water pipes,<br />

meters and decentralised water<br />

treatment skids. SpaceAge Labs has<br />

branched out from the water sector<br />

into adjacencies, using precise<br />

GPS location data and advanced<br />

geospatial analysis technology to<br />

improve work efficiency for grass<br />

cutting and snow clearing.<br />

SpaceAge Labs’ dedication to<br />

collaboration has been instrumental<br />

in their success. Pilot projects<br />

with industry giants like Xylem and<br />

Evoqua; now part of Xylem, coupled<br />

with partnerships with industry and<br />

PUB on various projects related to<br />

sewer networking management,<br />

sewer analytics, illegal discharge<br />

detection sensors and geofencing<br />

applications, have provided industry<br />

validation. These projects have<br />

also paved the way for further<br />

expansion in the UK, US, and<br />

Australia. Their recent Series A<br />

funding from US industrial water<br />

solutions provider Gradiant further<br />

strengthens their position in the<br />

global water tech landscape.<br />

SGWX: A CATALYST FOR<br />

INNOVATION<br />

The success of both Hydroleap<br />

and SpaceAge Labs highlights<br />

the role SgWX plays in nurturing<br />

water innovation. PUB’s<br />

commercialisation framework<br />

provides critical piloting<br />

opportunities for startups, while<br />

collaborations with EnterpriseSG<br />

and Imagine H2O accelerator<br />

programme accelerate their<br />

growth.<br />

Moreover, PUB’s commitment to<br />

investor engagement, including<br />

planned industry sharing sessions<br />

and the upcoming dedicated<br />

water-focused investor event,<br />

showcases its dedication to connecting<br />

startups with potential investors, with a<br />

‘<strong>Water</strong> Investors Series’ scheduled for<br />

mid-<strong>2024</strong>.<br />

A WAVE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR<br />

WATER TECH STARTUPS<br />

Hydroleap and SpaceAge Labs’ stories<br />

serve as an inspiration for aspiring<br />

water tech entrepreneurs. Their<br />

journey demonstrates the potential<br />

for innovation and the ecosystem<br />

that Singapore offers. As the global<br />

demand for sustainable water<br />

solutions continues to grow, there is<br />

no better time to navigate the wave of<br />

opportunity within this sector.<br />

ProAspect<br />

AID.IOT sensors<br />

<strong>Water</strong> and waste treatment industries focus<br />

on energy and maintenance optimisation<br />

challenges to tackle plant budget and utility<br />

bills. These industries strive to reduce<br />

carbon emission, define circular economy<br />

pathway and sustainability tracking as well<br />

as meet regulatory obligations to quantify<br />

carbon offset and prove net zero.<br />

To improve existing operational energy<br />

efficiency and slash down maintenance<br />

spending with predictive and proactive<br />

strategy, Singapore-based startup firm<br />

— ProAspect aid research — collaborates<br />

with local and international institutes<br />

of higher learning to provide Industrial<br />

Internet of Things (IIoT) sensor product<br />

solutions with web portal deployed at<br />

cloud platforms for condition assessment<br />

of rotating machineries. It sends alert<br />

notification based on impending anomaly<br />

and defect, maximising asset uptime,<br />

lifespan and spare parts replacement cycles<br />

to extend longevity of the machineries<br />

and lower cumulative carbon footprint.<br />

In 2023, ProAspect extensive pilot trials<br />

were completed, in which they predicted<br />

deterioration, operation upset to avoid<br />

catastrophic failure, and expensive repairs.<br />

One of its clients had an operational<br />

deficiency issue. Its compressor system —<br />

driven by variable-frequency drive (VFD)<br />

motor of 6.6 kilovolt (kV), 2,800kW and<br />

2,980 revolutions per min (rpm) at specific<br />

operational state — reportedly failed to<br />

reach design pressures and flow rate.<br />

ProAspect REAP AID device was thus<br />

deployed to assess the motor current<br />

during a complete operational cycle for<br />

2 days to correlate with supervisory<br />

control and data acquisition (SCADA)<br />

process parameter. The identified peculiar<br />

Integrated approach to resolve machinery<br />

fault and energy loss (Image: ProAspect)<br />

issues were crack in rotor bar that caused<br />

mechanical torsional oscillation, excited<br />

torsional resonance mode of compressor<br />

rotor, and motor skid lateral resonance<br />

at specific operational load and speed.<br />

The problem was resolved after extensive<br />

field inspection and design review. Client<br />

eventually repaired the end ring rotor bar<br />

defects and altered the motor mounting skid<br />

design to avoid damage to the gearbox and<br />

compressor system internal components,<br />

extending the longevity of its compressor<br />

system.<br />

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Redefining cleantech:<br />

The need for onsite<br />

contamination testing in<br />

advancing environmental<br />

safety and sustainability<br />

proper conditions requires a lot of<br />

water and treatment must be precise,<br />

as overheating can compromise<br />

performance and lead to costly<br />

downtime. The water monitoring<br />

process strategy is key to preventing<br />

system breakdown and shutdowns,<br />

as well as reducing water demand<br />

and energy consumption.<br />

Contamination testing labs are<br />

crucial for safety, detecting<br />

contaminants in sectors such as<br />

F&B, pharmaceuticals, environmental<br />

monitoring and industrial processes.<br />

Adhering to strict regulatory<br />

standards imposed by government<br />

agencies and international bodies,<br />

testing labs play a vital role in<br />

monitoring pollution, upholding<br />

regulations, and promoting<br />

Deploying Aprisium<br />

onsite continuous<br />

contaminant testing<br />

and monitoring<br />

solutions, supported<br />

by real-time online<br />

data and AI-driven<br />

insights, yields<br />

advantages<br />

CHALLENGES OF THE TESTING<br />

LAB INDUSTRY<br />

Monitoring and testing industrial<br />

wastewater discharge in Electric<br />

Vehicles (EV) production, EV battery<br />

manufacturing, recycling, and<br />

mining including mine leachate and<br />

drainage, are essential to mitigate<br />

environmental impacts. These<br />

processes involve contaminants such<br />

as heavy metals like nickel, cobalt,<br />

lithium; solvents; organic matter;<br />

nutrients; toxic substances and acids.<br />

Industrial wastewater must be treated<br />

before it can be discharged into<br />

the environment. Mismanagement<br />

of these pollutants can result in<br />

soil and water contamination,<br />

negatively impacting ecosystems<br />

and human health. Furthermore,<br />

monitoring ensures compliance with<br />

environmental regulations, preventing<br />

potential fines and reputational<br />

damage. Addressing contaminants<br />

allows the EV industry to reduce<br />

their ecological footprint, endorse<br />

sustainable practices, and contribute<br />

to a cleaner future for transportation.<br />

Data centres and cooling towers<br />

rely on efficient cooling systems<br />

for stable operations. Maintaining<br />

responsible industrial practices.<br />

However, the well-established testing<br />

lab industry faces challenges as<br />

the commercial labs are not on site<br />

for continuous detection. A primary<br />

issue is the delay in obtaining<br />

results. Testing labs need samples<br />

to be collected, tagged, and then<br />

transported to offsite facilities for<br />

analysis. In numerous countries,<br />

samples even need to be flown to<br />

another city for testing due to the<br />

complexity and cost of lab setups,<br />

making them unavailable in every<br />

location. This process introduces<br />

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a time lag that can hinder immediate<br />

detection of issues. In situations where<br />

real-time data is crucial for monitoring and<br />

prompt action, this delay poses a problem.<br />

Moreover, the inability to provide real-time<br />

data for monitoring and immediate<br />

action taking further exacerbate the<br />

challenges. Industries — those involved in<br />

manufacturing, environmental monitoring,<br />

or food production — require instantaneous<br />

feedback to address potential contaminants<br />

or deviations from standards swiftly. Without<br />

real-time data, the labs may miss the<br />

opportunity to prevent or mitigate problems<br />

promptly, impacting product quality and<br />

safety.<br />

1<br />

Additionally, the absence of the capability<br />

to support corporates with big data artificial<br />

intelligence (AI) analytics is a noteworthy<br />

limitation. In the era of advanced analytics,<br />

machine learning (ML) and AI — the<br />

ability to process large volumes of data<br />

in real-time is invaluable. Onsite labs with<br />

such capabilities can offer corporations<br />

insights derived from big data analytics,<br />

aiding in trend analysis, predictive<br />

maintenance, and continuous improvement.<br />

Offsite labs may struggle to provide these<br />

advanced analytics services, limiting<br />

their capacity to support corporations in<br />

optimising processes and ensuring<br />

long-term efficiency.<br />

The challenges of testing labs being offsite<br />

include delayed detection, the inability to<br />

provide real-time data for immediate action,<br />

and a lack of support for corporates with<br />

big data AI analytics. These underscore<br />

the importance of advancing testing<br />

capabilities to meet the evolving needs of<br />

industries requiring rapid and data-driven<br />

decision making, and this is where Aprisium<br />

comes in.<br />

THE APRISIUM SOLUTION<br />

Currently, Aprisium offers onsite solutions<br />

that facilitates both autonomous continuous<br />

testing and quick manual batch testing.<br />

The reports are easily accessible online,<br />

and with support for cloud-based data<br />

management and AI-driven insights for<br />

prescriptive and predictive analysis.<br />

With Aprisium solutions, industries are<br />

empowered to consistently monitor areas of<br />

contamination concerns.<br />

Aprisium technology has flexibility for<br />

customisation and versatility in detection<br />

capabilities. Engineered with modularity,<br />

it empowers industries to determine<br />

the number of concurrent detection<br />

channels to deploy on a single device or<br />

platform, enabling the identification of<br />

a spectrum of contaminants in liquids,<br />

semi-solids, and solids. The growing<br />

detection portfolio encompasses heavy<br />

metals, a list of inorganics, volatile<br />

1 Aprisium has started collaborations with major<br />

corporations in the data centre space to develop<br />

coolant management solutions for immersion cooling<br />

2 In water treatment, Aprisium solutions can address<br />

issues like water fouling, where contaminants<br />

accumulate on filtration membranes<br />

organic compounds (VOCs), and water<br />

quality parameters. Recently, Aprisium<br />

has started collaborations with major<br />

corporations in the data centre space to<br />

develop coolant management solutions<br />

for immersion cooling and partnering<br />

leaders in the wastewater treatment and<br />

soil remediation solutioning industries<br />

for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances<br />

(PFAS) detection. PFAS, known as ‘forever<br />

2<br />

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chemicals’ due to their enduring presence<br />

in the environment, are facing increasing<br />

regulation and bans in many countries<br />

due to their persistent nature. Aprisium<br />

is working on developing cost-effective,<br />

user-friendly, onsite-deployed solutions<br />

for the rapid detection and monitoring of<br />

PFAS. In Aprisium’s product development<br />

timeline, the creation of solutions for<br />

emerging contaminants such as micro- and<br />

nano- plastics, as well as various difficultto-detect<br />

pharmaceutical and industrial<br />

chemicals, are set to commence in late<br />

<strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Aprisium offers assistance to corporations<br />

in ensuring regulatory compliance and<br />

achieving sustainability goals. The most<br />

significant advantage of Aprisium solutions<br />

lies in the capacity to enhance profitability.<br />

This is achieved by implementing triggered<br />

warning systems that measure and<br />

monitor contaminants capable of causing<br />

damage to facilities. For instance, in<br />

water treatment, Aprisium solutions can<br />

address issues like water fouling, where<br />

contaminants accumulate on filtration<br />

membranes, leading to reduced water<br />

flow, increased hydraulic resistance,<br />

higher energy consumption, and potential<br />

damage to the membrane and other<br />

system components. Aprisium solutions<br />

reportedly have a direct impact on both<br />

the top and bottom lines of companies.<br />

APRISIUM IN EV PRODUCTION<br />

Deploying Aprisium onsite continuous<br />

contaminant testing and monitoring<br />

solutions, supported by real-time online data<br />

and AI-driven insights, can be said to yield<br />

advantages for EV production and the mining<br />

industry providing materials for EV batteries.<br />

In the EV manufacturing industry, the<br />

implementation of continuous contaminant<br />

testing serves pivotal roles. Firstly, it<br />

ensures the quality of materials utilised<br />

in EV components — a critical aspect<br />

for preserving the overall performance,<br />

safety, and longevity of electric vehicles.<br />

Additionally, real-time online data support<br />

facilitates efficient production by enabling<br />

manufacturers to swiftly identify and<br />

address contamination issues during<br />

the manufacturing process, minimising<br />

downtime and optimising overall efficiency.<br />

Furthermore, the integration of AI-driven<br />

insights contributes to cost reduction<br />

through the prediction of potential<br />

contaminant-related problems. This<br />

foresight allows for proactive measures,<br />

diminishing the need for reactive<br />

interventions and lowering the expenses<br />

associated with product recalls.<br />

In the EV battery manufacturing industry,<br />

advantages arise from the integration of<br />

onsite contaminant testing and monitoring<br />

solutions. Firstly, the impact of contaminants<br />

on battery materials can be substantial,<br />

influencing performance and lifespan. Onsite<br />

testing plays a crucial role in ensuring the<br />

purity of materials, thereby contributing to<br />

the overall efficiency and durability of EV<br />

batteries. Moreover, continuous monitoring<br />

provides an added layer of safety assurance<br />

by identifying potential hazards associated<br />

with contaminants, ensuring strict adherence<br />

to safety standards throughout battery<br />

production. Additionally, the incorporation<br />

of AI-driven insights proves instrumental<br />

in optimising manufacturing processes.<br />

By identifying patterns and suggesting<br />

improvements, these insights contribute to<br />

enhanced battery performance and more<br />

efficient resource utilisation, fostering<br />

advancements in the EV battery industry.<br />

In the mining industry for EV battery<br />

materials, the integration of onsite<br />

contaminant testing and monitoring<br />

solutions holds advantages. Firstly, these<br />

solutions ensure the extraction of high<br />

quality materials crucial for EV batteries,<br />

thereby contributing to the reliability and<br />

performance of the final product.<br />

Real-time monitoring upholds environmental<br />

compliance, swiftly identifying and<br />

addressing contaminant issues to reduce<br />

the overall environmental impact of mining<br />

activities. Furthermore, the application of<br />

AI-driven insights optimises the mining<br />

supply chain. By predicting potential<br />

disruptions and facilitating efficient resource<br />

allocation, these insights contribute to a<br />

more sustainable and cost-effective mining<br />

operation, fostering responsible practices in<br />

the production of materials for EV batteries.<br />

From 2025, Aprisium will target the EV<br />

industries in both Europe and the US —<br />

using its onsite continuous contaminant<br />

testing solution with real-time online data<br />

support and AI-driven insights — to enhance<br />

product quality, production efficiency, and<br />

overall sustainability. Aprisium ensures that<br />

corporations can meet the high standards<br />

required for the growing electric vehicle<br />

market.<br />

Contamination testing labs are crucial for safety, detecting contaminants in sectors such as F&B,<br />

pharmaceuticals, environmental monitoring and industrial processes<br />

Images: Aprisium<br />

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“Future crises will<br />

most probably become<br />

water crises”<br />

IN CONVERSATION WITH<br />

President and CEO of the Wilo Group Oliver Hermes tells us about his<br />

water strategies, the potential of South East <strong>Asia</strong> markets, and the<br />

market outlook in <strong>2024</strong>, after the Group’s first-ever industry conference<br />

for sustainable smart cities in <strong>Asia</strong> and Singapore last September.<br />

By Amira Yunos<br />

on our planet, future crises will most<br />

probably become water crises.<br />

According to the UN world water<br />

report, around 5 billion people will<br />

be at risk of water shortage by<br />

2050 and more than 2 billion people<br />

currently live without adequate<br />

sanitation. With our efficient<br />

product portfolio, we are moving<br />

the vital resource along the entire<br />

water cycle in the most efficient,<br />

intelligent and climate-friendly<br />

manner. Through strategic business<br />

development, investments in R&D<br />

and mergers and acquisitions<br />

(M&A) activities, we are constantly<br />

broadening our expertise in all<br />

steps of the water cycle.<br />

Next comes the megatrend<br />

Speakers at the<br />

Wilo Group industry<br />

conference 2023<br />

(Image: Wilo Group)<br />

What are the most pressing issues<br />

in the water industry? How has Wilo<br />

Group strategised and digitalised<br />

to create differentiated solutions to<br />

meet these needs?<br />

Oliver Hermes: Let me embed<br />

the segments challenges into our<br />

five global megatrends that we<br />

identified to look 20 years ahead<br />

in our corporate strategy, starting<br />

with the most omnipresent one<br />

— climate change. Global CO2<br />

emissions continue to rise, taking<br />

global temperatures with them.<br />

The consequences in form of<br />

water shortages or extreme<br />

weather events are becoming<br />

more noticeable — especially in<br />

the countries in the global south.<br />

This requires smart and adaptable<br />

infrastructure solutions which<br />

leads me directly to the next issue,<br />

the topic of water scarcity. The<br />

uninterrupted supply of water for<br />

drinking, for agriculture, or for the<br />

industry has always been one of<br />

humanity’s challenges. As the vital<br />

resource is not distributed equally<br />

of urbanisation. Already half<br />

the constantly growing global<br />

population currently lives in cities,<br />

and more people are moving from<br />

rural to metropolitan areas. As<br />

cities grow, so does the demand<br />

for and the complexity of water<br />

and energy supply. With our smart<br />

and connected products within our<br />

‘Smart Urban Areas’ approach, we<br />

can contribute to a smart, efficient<br />

infrastructure that even keeps<br />

megacities in the global south<br />

worth living.<br />

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IN CONVERSATION WITH<br />

Advanced infrastructure enables natural goods<br />

and value streams, business and politics<br />

work together, and sales processes and<br />

procurement follow standardised procedures.<br />

At the same time, high bureaucracy and close<br />

regulation tend to hinder the markets flexibility<br />

and innovation spirit. In terms of human capital,<br />

we lack young workforce, especially in the<br />

craft sector.<br />

Hermes delivering the keynote speech at the Wilo Group industry conference 2023 (Image: Wilo Group)<br />

The ongoing dynamic economic<br />

Underlying all of these is the trend of<br />

development in many parts of the world, digitisation. As the digital pioneer of our<br />

especially in emerging economies, is industry, we see this as an enabler for all<br />

triggering an increasing demand for<br />

these issues. Only if we are willing to adapt<br />

energy. By installing high-efficiency<br />

— to constantly innovate our products<br />

pumps for heating, cooling and air<br />

and business model — we will be able to<br />

conditioning applications, 246 terawatt succeed in the end.<br />

hours (TWh) of energy could be saved<br />

every year. Furthermore, together with What are the similarities and differences<br />

our long-term partner Schneider Electric, between mature and emerging markets,<br />

we have developed a complete solution and what opportunities for growth and<br />

for the generation and storage of surplus investment do you see in South East <strong>Asia</strong>?<br />

renewable energy. Using electrolysis, Hermes: Since the population in the<br />

the H2POWERPLANT converts surplus mature markets are shrinking rather than<br />

energy in green hydrogen, which can growing, and basic needs have been mostly<br />

then be temporarily stored before being saturated — we see that the focus is now<br />

‘reconverted’ into electricity via fuel cells in on the improvement of quality, efficiency, or<br />

a highly automated process when required. connectivity rather than on sheer quantity.<br />

For example, we have been approved by<br />

Last but not least, over the last few years, Thames <strong>Water</strong> to maintain and upgrade<br />

we experienced major geopolitical shifts. some of their pumping stations in and around<br />

Long-term alliances have crumbled,<br />

the city of London, the UK. Thames <strong>Water</strong><br />

causing disruptions in the transaction of are responsible for around 9,000 pumping<br />

goods, money and knowledge. We oppose stations in the south east of UK, taking care<br />

this with our region-for-region approach, of the wastewater transport for the region. By<br />

thus by strengthening regional networks, upgrading these stations, they become more<br />

diversifying supply chains, and fostering reliable, cost-efficient and sustainable for the<br />

new trade corridors.<br />

frequency of extreme weather events.<br />

In the emerging markets, we see a different<br />

picture. What those countries have in<br />

common are volatile market dynamics, fast<br />

growing populations and middle classes, but<br />

also huge inner contradictions in terms of<br />

living standards. As the populations and their<br />

cities grow, so do their claims for functioning<br />

infrastructure as well as opportunities for<br />

consumption and employment. Emerging<br />

markets are often more affected by the<br />

consequences of climate change, sometimes<br />

by floods or droughts. The young population<br />

is eager to work while sometimes being less<br />

qualified. Though the economic potential<br />

might be obvious, different forms of<br />

government, corruptions, trade barriers or<br />

lacking regulations complicate investments.<br />

Both modes take different approaches and<br />

need a socio-economic understanding for the<br />

underlying dynamics. Then, each markets’<br />

challenges can be seen as opportunities.<br />

South East <strong>Asia</strong> is an excellent example for<br />

this. In growing megacities like Kuala Lumpur,<br />

Malaysia or Singapore, millions of people<br />

demand for functioning infrastructure such<br />

as water supply and sanitation at the same<br />

time. With the new capital Nusantara, the<br />

Indonesian government radically invests in the<br />

creation of a greenfield city with a sustainable<br />

and futureproof infrastructure.<br />

How has Wilo Group progressed under your<br />

leadership since 2006?<br />

Hermes: In contrast to my valued<br />

predecessors, I am not an engineer but an<br />

economist, therefore I cannot help but look<br />

beyond the pump and along the entire value<br />

chain. Concretely, I was able to strengthen<br />

Wilo’s innovation leadership by pursuing the<br />

Group’s shift from a component manufacturer<br />

to a provider of systems, solutions and<br />

services.<br />

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IN CONVERSATION WITH<br />

Due to the need for sustainable<br />

water solutions, our strong<br />

innovation spirit, our constant aim<br />

for technological leadership and our<br />

strong regional networks all over the<br />

world — we are well-positioned to<br />

future challenges.<br />

Oliver Hermes<br />

President and CEO<br />

smart and sustainable water solutions<br />

with Singapore’s role as an urban living<br />

laboratory to catalyse critical cross-sector<br />

collaborations that can enable smart,<br />

connected and sustainable cities across<br />

the region. This was especially important<br />

as the percentage of people living in<br />

urban cities will increase to 70% by 2050,<br />

alongside an increase in the number of<br />

megacities, which will put a strain on<br />

existing infrastructure as demand for<br />

resources are expected to grow alongside<br />

increasing climate risk.<br />

Another major target of mine has been to<br />

promote the transformation of the Wilo<br />

Group towards becoming a digital climate<br />

protection pioneer of the industry. As a result,<br />

we have been selected as one of the 50<br />

sustainability and climate leaders worldwide<br />

in 2020. Within the strategic realignment of<br />

the Group, I sped up the internationalisation<br />

of the business: I consolidated Wilo’s position<br />

as a leading global player by entering the<br />

markets of east, west and central Africa and<br />

the countries of Latin America, strengthening<br />

the regional presence in South East <strong>Asia</strong> and<br />

the Middle East, and establishing new plants<br />

in Russia, India, China, Korea, Turkey, the UAE<br />

and the US. As a result, the Wilo Group has<br />

grown into a multibillion business in recent<br />

years.<br />

Through the modernisation of brand identity<br />

and development of the corporate group<br />

from a ‘hidden champion’ to a ‘visible and<br />

connected champion’, I was able to increase<br />

our brand performance and visibility. This<br />

might be a result of my strong engagement in<br />

the field of political responsibility, for example<br />

my committee work for German <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific<br />

Business Association, the German Eastern<br />

Business Association, German Near and<br />

Middle East Association (NUMOV) or most<br />

recently, the German-African Business<br />

Association, as well as the implementation of<br />

government and public affairs as a corporate<br />

function.<br />

What are your hopes for Wilo Group as it<br />

works towards its strategic plans? What is<br />

your market outlook for <strong>2024</strong>?<br />

Hermes: The COVID-19 pandemic and<br />

the Russians’ invasion in the Ukraine<br />

have proven that the Wilo Group can<br />

consolidate and keep up profitable growth<br />

in challenging times. We do not expect<br />

the geopolitical situation to change for<br />

the better anytime soon, nevertheless,<br />

are optimistic that — due to the need for<br />

sustainable water solutions, our strong<br />

innovation spirit, our constant aim for<br />

technological leadership and our strong<br />

regional networks all over the world — we<br />

are well-positioned to future challenges.<br />

With our strategic business development in<br />

the fields of water treatment and hydrogen,<br />

we want to broaden our offer as a solutions<br />

provider in challenging times.<br />

With new capitals in Indonesia and<br />

Uzbekistan, we have some major smart city<br />

projects coming up and want to strengthen<br />

our position as a preferred solution provider<br />

in this field. In terms of market development,<br />

we certainly have a strong focus on the<br />

ASEAN region, with the aim to strengthen<br />

our regional presence with a hub in<br />

Singapore. The same applies for the Middle<br />

East and central <strong>Asia</strong>n region as well as<br />

Sub-Saharan Africa.<br />

What is your take on Wilo Group’s first-ever<br />

industry conference in <strong>Asia</strong> this year? How<br />

has it sparked dialogue about sustainability<br />

and support urbanisation pathways in the<br />

region?<br />

Hermes: We are honoured to have hosted<br />

our first-ever industry conference in<br />

<strong>Asia</strong> and Singapore, one of the world’s<br />

smartest cities, in 2023. Our aim was to<br />

combine our expertise and network in<br />

The conference saw inspiring dialogues<br />

around how digital solutions can help<br />

address some of the megatrends we are<br />

facing, including globalisation, urbanisation,<br />

energy and water shortages, climate<br />

change, and digital transformation. We were<br />

proud to share how our high-efficiency and<br />

smart pumps are an example of such digital<br />

solutions, and exchange insights with<br />

thought leaders across various sectors<br />

including artificial intelligence (AI), green<br />

buildings, spatial planning and more.<br />

We are excited to continue strengthening<br />

our collaborations with these industry<br />

leaders as we shape the future of smart<br />

and sustainable urban areas in <strong>Asia</strong>. It is<br />

an exciting journey, and we are thrilled to<br />

be at the forefront.<br />

Oliver Hermes<br />

President and CEO, Wilo Group<br />

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IN CONVERSATION WITH<br />

Puraffinity plans to provide<br />

PFAS-free water to 1 billion<br />

people by 2030<br />

With US$13.9m raised in Series A funding, this water treatment<br />

company which focuses on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)<br />

aims to eliminate these ‘forever chemical’ contaminants in both<br />

industrial and domestic settings by scaling its technology and<br />

expanding its manufacturing investment, according to<br />

Puraffinity CEO Henrik Hagemann.<br />

By Amira Yunos<br />

three times that of a single use adsorbent.<br />

“The reuse type of material development<br />

innovation unlocks the ability for the company<br />

to scale more readily towards impacting<br />

more people,” Hagemann said. Furthermore,<br />

a quantifiable goal allows Puraffinity to align<br />

its business model design and development<br />

of new features with a social impact. “That is<br />

what moves the needle and that is where we<br />

need to focus,” the CEO added.<br />

Industrial water treatment facilities (Image: Puraffinity)<br />

PFAS-FREE WATER BY 2030<br />

For Hagemann, providing 1 billion people with<br />

PFAS-free water in a few years’ time means<br />

his company must “think in highly scalable<br />

terms”. “That entails positioning ourselves<br />

as a material component supplier, where we<br />

work with system integrators who combine<br />

pre-treatment with advanced treatment<br />

options like Puratech for PFAS removal,”<br />

he said. “By supplying the adsorbent<br />

components that allow system integrators<br />

to excel, we can fast track our route to end<br />

users without needing to individually deliver<br />

every system for end users.”<br />

The Puraffinity 2030 plan contains several<br />

stages, which include building consortiums<br />

that enable disposal of the captured PFAS<br />

and regeneration of the adsorbent media.<br />

According to the CEO, having a regenerable<br />

media allows the same PFAS targeted<br />

material to address 3-5 cycles of use,<br />

effectively increasing the volume of water<br />

that can be made PFAS-safe by more than<br />

TWO FOCUSES OF PURAFFINITY<br />

TECHNOLOGY<br />

The first focus of its platform is to continue<br />

developing new precision adsorbent<br />

materials in line with the everchanging<br />

and increasingly stringent PFAS regulatory<br />

landscape on a global scale, said the CEO.<br />

Regulations across the world are reportedly<br />

setting new maximum contaminant levels<br />

(MCL) in the range of parts per trillion (ppt),<br />

with the US trying to get to 4ppt for two<br />

of the most common PFAS species. These<br />

levels are increasingly lower, and PFAS are<br />

still dangerous to human health in the range<br />

of ppt. Hagemann pointed out that the health<br />

advisory levels for PFAS have decreased<br />

faster than Moore’s law — the observation<br />

that the number of transistors on computer<br />

chips doubles about every 2 years — in the<br />

last 13 years.<br />

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IN CONVERSATION WITH<br />

The reuse type of material<br />

development innovation unlocks the<br />

ability for the company to scale more<br />

readily towards impacting more<br />

people.<br />

Henrik Hagemann<br />

CEO, Puraffinity<br />

tolling partners in the advanced materials<br />

sector to fulfil market demand for the next<br />

two years, with initial sites in the UK and<br />

Germany,” Hagemann said. “COVID-19<br />

reminded how risky relying on a single source<br />

can be, so we are developing a distributed<br />

network of manufacturing partners to<br />

introduce added resilience to our scale up<br />

strategy.”<br />

“We have seen the PFAS regulations go down<br />

37.5 million times in the US alone, a drop of<br />

almost 10 times lower concentration every 2<br />

years,” he said. “While current technologies<br />

tackle common water contaminants and<br />

pollutants such as chlorine residuals and<br />

heavy metals, they were not designed to<br />

capture specific synthetic groups of chemicals<br />

like PFAS, especially not at the levels the US<br />

and some European countries are suggesting.<br />

“That requires a different approach and that<br />

is the core of our technology.”<br />

Puraffinity designs its scalable adsorbent<br />

material to capture and retain the most toxic<br />

‘forever chemicals’: both short branched<br />

and long-chains. A targeted materials allows<br />

broad-spectrum removal performance<br />

with higher throughput and longer lifespan,<br />

according to the CEO. “For industrial<br />

applications, that means being able to<br />

increase the capacity of an existing filtration<br />

bed site without adding more complexity<br />

— sometimes as much as a 500% increase<br />

in flow rates compared to petroleum-based<br />

ion exchange,” Hagemann said. Based on its<br />

third-party validations, the longer lifespan<br />

reduces the frequency of material change out,<br />

which helps Puraffinity in achieving scalability.<br />

In contrast, in domestic settings, a major<br />

nuisance the CEO said is the weekly checks<br />

on point-of-entry PFAS treatment systems<br />

in the basements of homeowners, and then<br />

trolleying the heavy granular activated carbon<br />

(GAC) vessels out of homes monthly. “The<br />

Puratech-powered solution would be three<br />

times smaller than current tanks, and still only<br />

get replaced every 12 months,” he said. “That<br />

is a major homeowner benefit, but also allows<br />

current domestic dealer networks to service<br />

their end users [in a more scalable way].”<br />

To provide assurance for future regulatory<br />

changes, Puraffinity targeted adsorbents<br />

can be reportedly upgraded within the same<br />

adsorbent media beds at both industrial and<br />

domestic settings, allowing its partners to<br />

respond to the fast-changing PFAS regulatory<br />

landscape.<br />

Puraffinity also predicts which one of the<br />

existing 5,000 PFAS species will be included<br />

to these regulatory frameworks, and then<br />

“developing new high-performance materials<br />

to capture and retain those PFAS substances<br />

at even lower levels”. Hagemann said, “It is a<br />

2D race across more PFAS species and lower<br />

PFAS concentrations.”<br />

The second focus is regeneration, which<br />

is part of Puraffinity’s value proposition<br />

to provide sustainable, green solutions<br />

to the market, with low carbon footprint<br />

and reduced impact to the environment,<br />

the CEO said. “We see that angle align<br />

with regeneration as a milestone across<br />

the water treatment industry since the<br />

media can be reused for non-point of use<br />

applications, like industrial or environmental<br />

remediation, enabling a circular economy for<br />

the future of water filtration materials,” he<br />

added. “Regeneration also aligns well with<br />

addressing the issue we keep hearing from<br />

customers: What about the disposal?”<br />

ITS MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT AND<br />

R&D CAPABILITIES<br />

The Series A funding allowed Puraffinity<br />

to scale up its operations, transitioning<br />

from a R&D focused organisation to being<br />

a full commercial entity. “The funds from<br />

our investment round will support our<br />

manufacturing expansion with a network of<br />

The CEO added that Puraffinity also plans<br />

to establish its own manufacturing facility<br />

and grow its team as a subsequent step in<br />

its expansion. “This facility will help us meet<br />

market demand on a global scale,” he said.<br />

“The funds will also support the growth of our<br />

organisational structure, going from 25 to 40<br />

employees by the end of <strong>2024</strong>.”<br />

Lastly, the funds will support its continued<br />

investment in R&D and product development.<br />

“It is a common mistake for scaling deep<br />

tech companies to only invest in the most<br />

progressed product line, which creates<br />

overexposure to the success of that specific<br />

product,” Hagemann said. “This investment<br />

enables us to align with future PFAS market<br />

demands and regulatory needs, while<br />

proactively foreseeing what the regulatory<br />

framework may look like in 2025 and beyond.<br />

“It is a gamble, but one of those gambles<br />

that nature and human health require us to<br />

make.”<br />

Henrik Hagemann<br />

CEO, Puraffinity<br />

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IN CONVERSATION WITH<br />

“Prioritise adaptive solutions<br />

to ensure water security”<br />

Nanostone <strong>Water</strong> CCO Jürgen von Hollen gives his leadership insights,<br />

how he aligns his clients’ ESG goals related to water management and<br />

what the ceramic membrane solutions offers in light of increasing global<br />

water stresses.<br />

By Amira Yunos<br />

a value proposition to customers is a<br />

priority to position its technology in<br />

the water filtration market for partners<br />

globally.<br />

The CCO aims to scale application<br />

in the company’s existing regions.<br />

“We will leverage and extend our<br />

regional application engineering<br />

capabilities and the application<br />

references to reach new markets,”<br />

Hollen said. “Educating our partners<br />

and customers through technology<br />

demonstration will be critical to the<br />

success of this strategy.”<br />

INTEGRATING ESG GOALS<br />

As a global manufacturer in ceramic<br />

ultrafiltration membranes, NSW puts<br />

ESG as its core offering strategy.<br />

“Not only does our technology offer<br />

an energy-efficient, high-recovery<br />

solution to our customers, but — from<br />

a manufacturing perspective — we<br />

are also focused on operational<br />

excellence,” Hollen added. “These<br />

An NSW project<br />

“GOOD TO BE BACK”<br />

With over two decades of experience<br />

in executive roles, Hollen’s previous<br />

experience as vice-president of<br />

advanced filtration technologies at<br />

Pentair catapulted his role as CCO<br />

of Nanostone <strong>Water</strong> (NSW) today.<br />

“Having worked in different industries<br />

allows the opportunity to identify<br />

key enablers for scaling a business<br />

[which] are industry agnostic<br />

and can be applied to the water<br />

filtration industry,” he said. “My time<br />

working at Pentair gave me insights<br />

into developing a new technology<br />

business globally.”<br />

As the CCO of this water filtration<br />

solutions company, his role is said<br />

to encompass sales and marketing<br />

activities in the business. For<br />

Hollen, defining the focus verticals,<br />

applications and regions, where the<br />

NSW ceramic membrane can offer<br />

provide an overall solution that has a<br />

low carbon footprint.”<br />

By prioritising dialogue and<br />

collaboration with its clients to<br />

achieve their ESG goals related to<br />

water treatment and management,<br />

NSW approach “entails discussions,<br />

assessments of its clients’ challenges,<br />

and devises solutions that are aligned<br />

with their objectives”, according to<br />

the CCO. “By fostering a partnership<br />

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IN CONVERSATION WITH<br />

1 2<br />

of durable materials, which allows robust<br />

treatment subject in variable conditions<br />

over an extended lifetime, and high-flux<br />

filtration, which provides our membranes<br />

with resilience to harsh conditions present in<br />

challenging waters such as high turbidity and<br />

harmful algae blooms, in a compact footprint.”<br />

1 Its ceramic filter<br />

2 NSW technology<br />

grounded in mutual ESG commitment,<br />

we aim to deliver solutions that are<br />

synergistically aligned with our clients’<br />

sustainability aspirations and operational<br />

requirements,” Hollen said.<br />

In South East <strong>Asia</strong>, NSW has conducted<br />

dozens of pilots with industrial partners,<br />

which have led to over 100 installations,<br />

according to the CCO. “We are working<br />

with Maynilad <strong>Water</strong> in the Philippines to<br />

improve the quality of drinking water in<br />

metro Manila, cultivating relationships in<br />

our focus regions whose water sources<br />

present substantial treatment challenges,”<br />

Hollen said. Another example, he added,<br />

is a NSW partnership with electric power<br />

generation company ACWA Power to<br />

develop a pre-treatment solution for<br />

seawater desalination in the Middle East,<br />

which was piloted at the Barka desalination<br />

plant in Oman.<br />

TACKLING WATER CHALLENGES WITH<br />

NSW CERAMIC MEMBRANE SOLUTIONS<br />

In light of climate change and increasing<br />

global water stresses, Hollen said that<br />

these impacts are already threatening the<br />

security of water supplies around the world,<br />

whether through increased frequency<br />

of algal blooms in warming climates<br />

or heightened severity of droughts. In<br />

response, authorities in some regions have<br />

been implementing strict requirements<br />

on the quality of discharged wastewater,<br />

mandating zero liquid discharge (ZLD)<br />

and reuse for certain applications in order<br />

to safeguard water resources. “Looking<br />

ahead, we see water scarcity escalating<br />

while resource quality continues to decline,<br />

making treatment all the more challenging,”<br />

the CCO said.<br />

To tackle this, Hollen said that the industry<br />

must continue to innovate and prioritise<br />

adaptive solutions to ensure water security.<br />

At NSW, its ceramic membrane technology<br />

is suited for difficult-to-treat waters across<br />

a range of applications, including seawater<br />

desalination, variable surface waters, and<br />

challenging industrial wastewater. He said,<br />

“We accomplish this through a combination<br />

By fostering<br />

a partnership<br />

grounded in mutual<br />

ESG commitment,<br />

we aim to deliver<br />

solutions that are<br />

synergistically<br />

aligned with<br />

our clients’<br />

sustainability<br />

aspirations and<br />

operational<br />

requirements.<br />

Jürgen von Hollen<br />

CCO, Nanostone <strong>Water</strong><br />

Additionally, the threat of micropollutants and<br />

contaminants of emerging concerns, such as<br />

per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is<br />

still present. In alignment of its goal to provide<br />

product solutions that commit to protecting<br />

the environment, NSW has complied with<br />

applicable environmental regulations. “We<br />

have conducted in-depth due diligence<br />

on our supply chain and — based on our<br />

production knowledge and declarations<br />

collected from our suppliers — our products<br />

do not contain any intentionally-added PFAS<br />

chemicals,”<br />

Hollen added.<br />

With this enabling technology for water reuse<br />

in both municipal and industrial applications,<br />

NSW plays a role in resilient water supply.<br />

“The robustness of our membrane provides<br />

operational reliability, ensuring quality<br />

water in the face of evolving challenges<br />

presented by climatic shifts,” the CCO said,<br />

“We strive to develop solutions that tackle<br />

today’s concerns [and] are well-positioned to<br />

address these future challenges.”<br />

Images: Nanostone <strong>Water</strong><br />

Jürgen von Hollen<br />

CCO, Nanostone <strong>Water</strong><br />

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IN CONVERSATION WITH<br />

“The water industry<br />

brings humanity through<br />

the ongoing climate crisis”<br />

Ashley Ng, director of decision intelligence solutions for emerging<br />

markets at Xylem, shares insights on the company’s collaboration with<br />

Idrica, harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) in the industry, and the<br />

timeliness of addressing the climate crisis.<br />

By Amira Yunos<br />

Ashley Ng<br />

Director, decision intelligence solutions, emerging markets<br />

INTEGRATED XYLEM SOLUTIONS<br />

Tell us more about Xylem’s<br />

partnership with Idrica.<br />

Ashley Ng: Xylem is partnering<br />

with Idrica, a leader in water data<br />

management and analytics, to create<br />

an integrated platform. The ‘Xylem<br />

Vue powered by GoAigua’ platform<br />

helps utilities maximise every digital<br />

investment in an affordable and<br />

sustainable way by combining Xylem<br />

Vue portfolio of smart connected<br />

devices, analytical applications,<br />

and services, with Idrica’s GoAigua<br />

digital management technology that<br />

has already been implemented in<br />

more than 300 water utilities around<br />

the world. Under this partnership,<br />

Xylem is the global distributor of<br />

Idrica’s solutions.<br />

How have AI and digital optimisation<br />

enhanced performance in<br />

water infrastructure? How does<br />

Xylem intelligence solutions aid<br />

in decision-making and asset<br />

management?<br />

Ng: Some examples of these<br />

positive outcomes include improved<br />

cost efficiency of treatment plant<br />

operations, better utilisation of<br />

existing network infrastructure<br />

and greater efficiencies in existing<br />

work processes amongst others.<br />

These outcomes have been realised<br />

in active operations worldwide.<br />

For example, in Germany, our<br />

plant optimisation solution helped<br />

EWE Wasser save some 1.2<br />

million kWh annually — a 30%<br />

reduction in aeration energy<br />

requirement. In another example,<br />

our holistic network monitoring<br />

solution has helped Air Selangor,<br />

Malaysia’s largest utility, reduce<br />

their non-revenue water (NRW)<br />

by contributing to the early<br />

identification of leaks — two per week<br />

on average. Another outcome was<br />

achieved at South Bend in the US,<br />

where our solutions resulted in more<br />

than 1 billion gallons of reduction in<br />

annual combined sewer overflows<br />

through real-time decision support<br />

for sewer operators, saving the city<br />

over US$400m in capital investments.<br />

These achievements highlight the<br />

power that digital enablement brings<br />

for customers to improve their water<br />

operations.<br />

WATER MANAGEMENT<br />

Tell us what distinguishes GoAigua,<br />

the integrated software and analytics<br />

platform, from its competitors?<br />

Ng: ‘Xylem Vue powered by GoAigua’<br />

is a complete, scalable, and modular<br />

solution covering assets to analytics<br />

across the water cycle. For the<br />

first time, utilities and other water<br />

and wastewater managers and<br />

operators will be able to connect,<br />

analyse, visualise, and manage all<br />

their assets and processes through<br />

a single, integrated platform. Therein<br />

lies its differentiation against our<br />

competitors — it is more than a point<br />

solution solving only a single problem.<br />

Its modular design allows users to<br />

quickly utilise datasets across the<br />

organisation and deploy them to<br />

24 <strong>Water</strong> & <strong>Wastewater</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>January</strong>-<strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong>


IN CONVERSATION WITH<br />

additional use cases within our suite<br />

of tools.<br />

Furthermore, with the Idrica<br />

partnership, Xylem has augmented<br />

our offerings with both technical<br />

depth — from asset to analytics<br />

in our core business — and<br />

operational knowledge, through<br />

Global Omnium’s experience and<br />

references.<br />

What are the challenges that AI<br />

poses and how should the water<br />

industry overcome them?<br />

Ng: New developments in generative<br />

AI provide many opportunities to<br />

unlock value in the water industry.<br />

However, there are challenges that<br />

should restrain our optimism on its<br />

utilisation in our industry.<br />

Firstly, we must recognise that<br />

AI, no matter how powerful, is as<br />

good as its training. To that end,<br />

representative data shapes the<br />

effectiveness of AI utilisation in<br />

the water industry. One of the<br />

challenges in the water space is<br />

creating and maintaining these<br />

representative datasets. The best<br />

way to overcome this is to make<br />

curating data part of everyday<br />

workflows and to distribute the<br />

effort to the people on the ground<br />

who are best placed to judge the<br />

veracity of the data. Taking care<br />

of data is much like tending to a<br />

garden — doing it regularly is easier<br />

than trying to fix a patch after it has<br />

become overgrown.<br />

Secondly, recognise the human<br />

element with adoption of AI. The<br />

deployment of AI will face its share<br />

of detractors with varied interests<br />

in resisting its adoption. Anxiety<br />

will also be generated by workers<br />

who fear for their job security. The<br />

solution is a holistic approach to<br />

change management which will<br />

need to include redesigning jobs and<br />

workflows as well as upskilling of the<br />

workforce to adapt to these changes.<br />

These efforts will make or break the<br />

achievement of outcomes with new<br />

technologies and should be made a<br />

priority in the adoption of AI.<br />

Lastly, AI introduces a challenge of<br />

accountability. As with self-driving<br />

cars, the same conundrum is faced<br />

in the water industry — if operations<br />

are turned over to AI algorithms, who<br />

is responsible when things go wrong?<br />

In the water industry, we deal with<br />

life and death issues like water safety<br />

or flood control. Systems must be<br />

designed to ensure accountability<br />

and risk management remain in<br />

place as we explore AI in aiding the<br />

water industry. Retain critical control<br />

decisions in human hands and ensure<br />

that human eyes remain on key<br />

operational parameters even as AI<br />

capabilities are augmented.<br />

What is the best approach to<br />

integrate AI with companies’ existing<br />

solutions in emerging markets?<br />

Ng: The urgency to digitise water<br />

stems from the imperative to<br />

enhance real-time monitoring,<br />

improve efficiency, and build<br />

resilience in water management to<br />

address evolving environmental<br />

challenges and ensure sustainable<br />

access to this essential resource.<br />

In emerging markets, digital maturity<br />

remains the main stumbling block to<br />

adoption of technologies such as AI.<br />

The best approach to adopting such<br />

technologies is to adopt a considered<br />

approach to the endeavour. Start<br />

by laying out the strategy: First<br />

understand the drivers for the<br />

change and the outcomes to be<br />

achieved. Next, focus on building<br />

the right team to drive this change.<br />

We then choose the technologies<br />

to achieve the outcomes. Lastly,<br />

start small, celebrate progress and<br />

make incremental steps towards<br />

the big changes that will set up<br />

companies to face the pressing<br />

water challenges of tomorrow.<br />

The need is urgent and for the first<br />

time across the world, the water<br />

industry faces a confluence of<br />

political will and new technologies to<br />

bring humanity through the ongoing<br />

climate crisis. I am optimistic that<br />

the water industry will step up to the<br />

challenge and I am excited to be at<br />

the forefront with Xylem’s suite of<br />

enabling solutions.<br />

‘Xylem Vue powered<br />

by GoAigua’ (Image:<br />

Xylem)<br />

In the water industry, we<br />

deal with life and death<br />

issues when we look at<br />

water safety or flood<br />

control. Systems must<br />

ensure accountability and<br />

risk management remain<br />

in place as we explore AI in<br />

aiding the water industry.<br />

Ashley Ng<br />

Director, decision intelligence solutions, emerging markets<br />

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IN THE FIELD<br />

HOYA Electronics<br />

recycles more than<br />

75% of used water<br />

with PUB <strong>Water</strong><br />

Efficiency Fund<br />

POTABLE WATER<br />

WATER<br />

DISPENSER<br />

WASHBASIN<br />

WASHROOM<br />

IRRIGATION<br />

SYSTEM<br />

water supply from our production reduced<br />

about 75% of NE<strong>Water</strong> demand,” he said.<br />

“This saved our water bills and reduced<br />

our production costs, resulting in a better<br />

profit.”<br />

HOYA Electronics reportedly<br />

incorporated two additional treatments:<br />

electrodeionisation (EDI) system and<br />

reverse osmosis (RO) system to recycle<br />

rejected water to ensure only clean water<br />

is used for production. Using submersible<br />

pumps, this EDI system collects rejected<br />

water into a sump pit, which is then<br />

transferred to the process recycle water<br />

(PRW) storage tank for use in other areas<br />

such as makeup air unit (MAU) air washer<br />

drain to reuse cooling tower operations at<br />

rooftop and wastewater recycling.<br />

NEWATER<br />

(Image: HOYA Electronics)<br />

HOYA Electronics — a large water user<br />

in the semiconductor industry — has<br />

exemplified how water efficiency is<br />

embraced with its water recycling<br />

initiatives over the past 5 years in<br />

Singapore. As a developer of advanced<br />

mask blanks, which are a critical<br />

component of the semiconductor<br />

manufacturing process, this large water<br />

user has achieved the highest water<br />

recycling rate in the semiconductor<br />

industry to date. Its water recycling rate<br />

reportedly increased from 29% in 2014 to<br />

over 75% in 2023.<br />

UPW<br />

PLANT<br />

REJECT<br />

WATER<br />

From 1 Jan <strong>2024</strong>, PUB, Singapore’s<br />

National <strong>Water</strong> Agency has introduced<br />

mandatory water recycling requirements<br />

for water intensive industries such<br />

as wafer fabrication, electronics, and<br />

biomedical industries. Its <strong>Water</strong> Efficiency<br />

Fund (WEF) was raised to S$5m per<br />

project from $1m to support companies<br />

AIR-CON<br />

DRAIN<br />

HOYA<br />

PRODUCTION<br />

REJECT WATER<br />

WASTEWATER<br />

TREATMENT<br />

PLANT<br />

REJECT WATER<br />

RECYCLING<br />

SYSTEM<br />

WASTEWATER<br />

RECYCLING<br />

SYSTEM<br />

REJECT WATER<br />

PUBLIC SEWER<br />

such as HOYA Electronics. Singapore’s<br />

total water demand is expected to double<br />

by 2065, with the non-domestic sector<br />

projected to account for two-thirds of<br />

this demand, according to PUB. With the<br />

second reading for the Public Utilities<br />

(Amendment) bill introduced in August<br />

2023, minister for sustainability and<br />

the environment Grace Fu announced<br />

enhancements to WEF from Jul 2023,<br />

supporting companies such as HOYA<br />

Electronics to implement water recycling.<br />

Sethurajan Muthukumar, staff engineer<br />

and water efficiency manager of HOYA<br />

Electronics, said that the company’s<br />

use of NE<strong>Water</strong> — a high-grade<br />

reclaimed water that has been purified<br />

with advanced membrane and UV<br />

technologies — for the processes<br />

depended on PUB supply initially. “After<br />

the implementation of these water<br />

TO NEWATER<br />

TANK FOR REUSE<br />

recycling systems, a secondary source of<br />

According to Muthukumar, the MAU air<br />

washer drain used to discharge 77m 3 /day of<br />

water to public sewers. Now, the water<br />

is collected and transferred to cooling<br />

towers directly, reusing it instead of<br />

discharging it. With a water recycling facility<br />

behind its office building, wastewater from<br />

production discharge, fan dry coil unit and<br />

condensation are recycled there. The<br />

clean recycled water is then pumped<br />

back to its central NE<strong>Water</strong> tank for<br />

repeated use.<br />

From left: Roland Chan, deputy director, PUB water supply<br />

department and Sethurajan Muthukumar, staff engineer<br />

and water efficiency manager of HOYA Electronics<br />

(Image: HOYA Electronics)<br />

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Reliable chemical analysers<br />

reduce maintenance<br />

IN THE FIELD<br />

By Annmarie Delfino, In-Situ content writer<br />

1<br />

1 The WHCRWA<br />

was created by<br />

Texas legislature<br />

to identify and<br />

secure a long-term,<br />

low-cost supply<br />

of quality drinking<br />

water (Image:<br />

In-Situ)<br />

2 ChemScan nutrient<br />

analyser (Image:<br />

In-Situ)<br />

A few years ago, US water utility company<br />

West Harris County Regional <strong>Water</strong><br />

Authority (WHCRWA) sought replacement<br />

analysers to reduce maintenance and run<br />

retreatment operations more efficiently.<br />

An upcoming expansion project adding<br />

two new pump stations to the district<br />

by 2025 makes reliable measurements<br />

more important, as WHCRWA will be<br />

responsible for blending water from<br />

multiple sources while still producing<br />

consistent residuals.<br />

CHALLENGE<br />

The WHCRWA was originally created by<br />

the Texas legislature in 1975, in response<br />

to growing subsidence. In the early<br />

1970s, the use of groundwater without<br />

aquifer recharge caused subdivisions in<br />

the Baytown-Pasadena-Galveston area<br />

to sink below sea level, making them<br />

unliveable. WHCRWA was founded to help<br />

the district west of Houston shift its water<br />

supply from aquifers to surface water, to<br />

ease the stress on groundwater supplies<br />

and prevent subsidence.<br />

Currently, 30% of the water supplying<br />

West Harris county is required to come<br />

from surface water instead of well water.<br />

In 2025, that requirement will increase<br />

to 60%. To accommodate more surface<br />

water coming in from different<br />

areas, WHCRWA is building two<br />

new pump stations in the next two years.<br />

“We get about 28 million gallons of water a<br />

day,” said Bryan Thomas, area manager at<br />

Inframark, the private utility that operates<br />

the WHCRWA. “After the expansion, it will be<br />

110 million.”<br />

WHCRWA is responsible for making sure<br />

drinking water from plants in the city of<br />

Houston is treated before going out to<br />

customers in the surrounding area. They<br />

monitor the treated water they receive to<br />

verify that it meets requirements for total<br />

chlorine residuals. Accurate and continuous<br />

data is crucial to this process, but the<br />

analysers installed at WCHRWA were not<br />

performing as expected. “They required<br />

constant maintenance,” added Thomas.<br />

“When we did need to make an adjustment,<br />

there was a 30mins wait time in-between<br />

when we made the adjustment and when<br />

we could see if it was working.”<br />

With a small staff of three operators, the<br />

time and effort to maintain the analysers<br />

made working with them unsustainable.<br />

Thomas said that they had to maintain these<br />

things every week to keep them in a running<br />

state and they would fail after a couple of<br />

days which took up a lot of their time.<br />

2<br />

SOLUTION AND RESULTS<br />

In 2019, WHCRWA started looking for<br />

replacement analysers. After comparing<br />

options, they selected two UV 2250 ChemScan<br />

analysers for chloramination. ChemScan is<br />

an In-Situ brand. ChemScan maintenance<br />

analysers proved reliable for the team and<br />

its two analysers provided continuous<br />

measurements of nitrate and ammonia to<br />

verify that WHCRWA meets residual limits after<br />

retreatment. This basic routine maintenance<br />

kept them running as expected.<br />

Incorporating new water sources from the two<br />

new pump stations will put more emphasis<br />

on retreatment. WHCRWA will monitor total<br />

chlorine residuals to make sure they fall within<br />

limits once water from the pump stations is<br />

combined. “Having these reliable analysers is<br />

going to help us maintain the residuals and not<br />

have to worry about it being too low on one<br />

end and too high on another,” said Thomas.<br />

Though the expansion project will change<br />

operations for the plant, the new analysers<br />

brought a peace of mind for the team. He<br />

added, “If we did have issues, we were not<br />

getting a consistent residual. We [now] have<br />

something that can give us a real number. It<br />

is not something that we have to guess at or<br />

constantly keep an eye on.”<br />

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IN THE FIELD<br />

Digital twins for water utilities<br />

validate economic feasibility<br />

by levelling system operations<br />

and improving decision-making<br />

By Sandra DiMatteo, industry marketing director, water infrastructure, Bentley Systems<br />

and connected digital twin environment<br />

that water utility personnel can use<br />

to gain insights from their data. The<br />

dynamic integration of operational data<br />

enables utilities to see what is happening<br />

in real-time or review any moment in<br />

time, while providing a definitive ledger<br />

of change of the water systems and<br />

assets as they evolve. This dynamic<br />

aspect is also what differentiates digital<br />

twins from the static 3D models typically<br />

used for design and construction.<br />

Capital planning and risk management (Image: Bentley Systems)<br />

From ageing infrastructure and changing WHAT IS A DIGITAL TWIN?<br />

environmental regulations to funding gaps A digital twin is a realistic and dynamic<br />

and climate-fuelled natural disasters, water virtual representation of a physical asset,<br />

utilities around the globe face problems in process, or system. Creating a digital twin<br />

delivering reliable and affordable water to for a water system involves integrating<br />

their communities. Their potential solutions existing models and data. This include<br />

are similarly wide-ranging, from stimulus engineering models such as hydraulic<br />

grants and conservation programmes to models of the water network and 3D<br />

smart water technologies.<br />

models of the water treatment plant and<br />

pumping stations; new virtual reality models<br />

Utilities employ digital strategies to<br />

if 3D models are inadequate, outdated, or<br />

address urgent risks and meet the<br />

non-existent; and GIS, asset management<br />

requirements for digital transformation and customer data. Additionally, digital<br />

aligned to strategic investments in water twins are continuously updated with<br />

systems. One compelling digital strategy operational data from supervisory control<br />

that water utilities adopt is a digital twin. and data acquisition (SCADA) systems,<br />

A digital twin of water infrastructure can sensors, meters, and other measured<br />

help utilities get the most out of their data sources — creating a real-time model that<br />

to improve their decision-making. Most can be used in operations and maintenance<br />

utilities have the key building blocks in (O&M).<br />

place to make digital twins economically<br />

feasible as a short-term strategy with The integration of isolated, disparate data<br />

long-term benefits.<br />

into a unified view provides a collaborative<br />

The end result is an information-rich<br />

digital infrastructure model that supports<br />

engineering, O&M, and capital planning<br />

for smart water networks. With digital<br />

twins, utilities can perform ‘what if’<br />

analyses and simulations throughout<br />

the lifecycle of a water system —<br />

from long-term system vulnerability<br />

and capacity planning to immediate<br />

performance monitoring and emergency<br />

response. The process enables utilities<br />

to better understand the past and<br />

current performance of their water<br />

systems while helping them predict<br />

future performance and simulate the<br />

impact of potential changes in the virtual<br />

world before funds are committed.<br />

Digital twins help develop smart<br />

sustainable water management platforms<br />

and decision support frameworks for<br />

the modern workforce. Furthermore,<br />

cloud-based digital twins enable the<br />

remote sharing of data, dashboards,<br />

and situational intelligence, overcoming<br />

the limitations of legacy water control<br />

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IN THE FIELD<br />

rooms since it interoperates with systems<br />

and real-time data, SCADA, and data<br />

historians. A digital twin handles large<br />

volumes of disparate data sources to gain<br />

insights in real-time, and reduce false<br />

alarms.<br />

BRICKS AND MORTAR<br />

Moving toward a digital twin may seem<br />

daunting, but in reality, most water<br />

utilities have already started. They have<br />

in place systems that they use in their<br />

day-to-day operations: sensors, SCADA,<br />

automated metering, asset registry,<br />

hydraulic modelling, and so on. Since<br />

the fundamental purpose of a digital<br />

twin is to unite the data from different<br />

sources and provide a unified view of<br />

that data, utilities have already done the<br />

difficult work of implementing systems<br />

that generate digital data, which are the<br />

building blocks of their digital twin.<br />

The next step involves the mortar<br />

that connects that data. For a smooth<br />

journey, the technology underpinning a<br />

digital twin must be open. Digital twin<br />

technology is not off-the-shelf software.<br />

Instead, every digital twin is assembled,<br />

built, customised, and advanced using<br />

pieces from many sources that will<br />

change over time. To ensure that a utility<br />

controls their digital twin and can include<br />

the systems and data, they need to rely<br />

on technology that is open-sourced.<br />

This ‘openness’ signifies that the digital<br />

twin can connect smoothly with other<br />

technologies.<br />

The technology within that mortar must<br />

also include these other key features —<br />

decision-making tools and scalability.<br />

The importance of digital twin rests on<br />

the ability to use data to make informed<br />

decisions. This implies the use of built-in<br />

decision-making software that can link<br />

current status or conditions data with<br />

a robust, mature portfolio of tools for<br />

analyses and simulations. Scalability<br />

means that a digital twin can analyse<br />

at the scale of, for example, a city or a<br />

treatment plant, down to an individual<br />

pump or valve.<br />

DIGITAL TWINS FOR NETWORK O&M<br />

Many utilities already have hydraulic<br />

models of their water networks that<br />

they use for planning and design.<br />

Incorporating those models within a<br />

digital twin helps utilities simulate events<br />

such as pipe failures, power outages,<br />

to analyse the resilience of their water<br />

network systems and assess their risk.<br />

Furthermore, integrating those models<br />

with SCADA data provides an accurate<br />

assessment of how a water system is<br />

currently behaving. This enables utilities<br />

to simulate and test different ways that<br />

their water systems could be operated to<br />

improve emergency response, increase<br />

efficiency, or save energy.<br />

Continuously updating digital twins with<br />

measured operational data also helps a<br />

utility determine the location of potential<br />

leaks and reduce water loss. A digital<br />

twin can leverage data from existing work<br />

management and asset management<br />

systems, as well as other enterprise<br />

systems, to support risk-based asset<br />

management — informing decisions such<br />

as repair versus replace and prioritising<br />

capital improvement projects.<br />

DIGITAL TWINS FOR PLANT O&M<br />

Digital twins of water and wastewater<br />

treatment plants (WWTPs) are useful<br />

to improve plant efficiency, reliability,<br />

and resilience as well as for training and<br />

safety compliance. Virtual walkthroughs,<br />

communications, and simulations<br />

give personnel enhanced visibility<br />

to plant data and insights for better<br />

decision-making. For example, reliability<br />

engineers can simulate hypothetical<br />

events such as a multiple screening<br />

system or pump failure to evaluate<br />

the severity and consequences of the<br />

failures and take preventative actions.<br />

Digital twins can also be used to flag real<br />

problems, such as equipment that is not<br />

operating properly — enabling virtual<br />

exploration and quick access to pertinent<br />

data. For example, operators can zoom<br />

into the equipment area and pull up<br />

data related to that manufacturers’<br />

specifications or repair manuals. This<br />

gives personnel immediate access to<br />

information without wasting time digging<br />

through file cabinets or hunting through<br />

document libraries.<br />

CONCLUSION<br />

Digital twin technologies, such as<br />

OpenFlows powered by the Bentley iTwin<br />

platform, are smart integration solutions<br />

that connect information technology,<br />

operational technology, and engineering<br />

technology. These connections help<br />

water utilities exploit the potential of<br />

uniting legacy data with operational and<br />

engineering data to provide a wider view<br />

of a utility’s water system and enable<br />

data-driven decision-making.<br />

In the coming years, digital twins will<br />

become an ingrained part of every<br />

aspect of the water utility control room.<br />

Utilities can start building digital twins<br />

overnight with the data and systems they<br />

already use. As they become the new<br />

normal for water utilities, digital twins will<br />

improve the reliability of water systems,<br />

reduce utilities’ capital and operating<br />

expenditures, lessen environmental<br />

footprints, and provide customers with<br />

safe services.<br />

Sandra DiMatteo<br />

Industry marketing director,<br />

water infrastructure, Bentley Systems<br />

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IN THE FIELD<br />

Aerzen’s quantaer fine<br />

bubble aeration system<br />

saves resources<br />

1<br />

2<br />

THE CHALLENGE<br />

Victor Valley <strong>Wastewater</strong><br />

Reclamation Authority (VVWRA)<br />

is an 18MGD activated sludge<br />

plant located 90mins north of Los<br />

Angeles in California, US. VVWRA<br />

uses plug flow extended aeration<br />

with anoxic selectors for alkalinity<br />

recovery process for biological<br />

treatment of their wastewater.<br />

The originally installed aeration<br />

system, utilising membrane tube<br />

diffusers, provided insufficient<br />

and inconsistent oxygen transfer<br />

required for removing ammonia.<br />

As a result, VVWRA could not<br />

meet their monthly average<br />

ammonia discharge limits on a<br />

consistent basis. The inconsistency<br />

in nitrification also leads to<br />

inconsistent denitrification within<br />

the biological treatment process.<br />

Inconsistent denitrification, required<br />

operation of the Mixed Liquor<br />

Recycle (MLR) pumps at 4.75<br />

times the influent flows to remove<br />

nitrogen, resulting in excess of<br />

US$150,000 annually for chemical<br />

costs for the addition of alkalinity.<br />

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IN THE FIELD<br />

THE SOLUTION<br />

In 2013, VVWRA evaluated an<br />

energy savings programme at<br />

VVWRA for four of their aeration<br />

basins by upgrading the existing<br />

tube diffusers to 9in quantaer<br />

membrane disc diffusers provided<br />

by Aquarius Technologies.<br />

Collaborating with Gilbert Perez,<br />

the plant director of operation,<br />

Aquarius was able to provide<br />

designs, calculations and equipment<br />

costs to retrofit the plant to newer<br />

and more efficient fine bubble disc<br />

diffusers. During the initial design,<br />

energy and chemical cost savings<br />

for the retrofit were expected to be<br />

30-40%. However, shortly after the<br />

installation, Perez and operators<br />

noticed the higher efficiency of<br />

new disc diffusers, dropped the<br />

air requirement 15%, and the MLR<br />

pump energy requirement by 45%.<br />

transfer efficiency of the system<br />

provided complete nitrification.<br />

The consistency in nitrates<br />

recycled into the anoxic tanks<br />

allowed for stable denitrification.<br />

As a result, the MLR pumps were<br />

turned down to 2.5 times the<br />

influent flowrate.<br />

The denitrification process now<br />

recovers sufficient alkalinity to<br />

eliminate the need of magnesium<br />

hydroxide dosing, saving VVWRA<br />

over $150,000 in chemical costs.<br />

After 12 months of operating<br />

basins 9-12, VVWRA contacted<br />

Aquarius with a similar request<br />

for an aeration retrofit in the<br />

remaining 8 basins as part of<br />

Phase 2. Aquarius teamed up<br />

with a consulting engineer and<br />

contractor to provide a more<br />

efficient system to further<br />

reduce half of the operating<br />

costs for the plant. The high<br />

efficiency aeration system and<br />

coordination between Aquarius<br />

and VVWRA have resulted in a<br />

system demonstrating the lowest<br />

cost of ownership.<br />

Images: VVWRA operating data<br />

1 Quantaer fine bubble disc diffuser system<br />

2 Top view of the plant<br />

3 Quantaer EPDM membrane disc diffusers<br />

operating at startup<br />

3<br />

As a result, VVWRA has realised<br />

over $30,000 in annual energy<br />

savings. VVWRA operations<br />

included dosing magnesium<br />

hydroxide for recovering alkalinity<br />

in the wastewater, which is<br />

consumed in the nitrification<br />

process. Since the denitrification<br />

process — which recovers alkalinity<br />

that were inconsistent — large<br />

doses of magnesium hydroxide<br />

were regularly required. After the<br />

installation of quantaer fine bubble<br />

aeration system, higher oxygen<br />

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IN THE FIELD<br />

The challenges of<br />

water management<br />

in South East <strong>Asia</strong><br />

WATER SCARCITY AND WATER<br />

POLLUTION<br />

The availability of freshwater in<br />

South East <strong>Asia</strong> is limited and<br />

unevenly distributed. According to<br />

ADB, urban centres are the main<br />

areas affected by this scarcity,<br />

although they are not the only<br />

ones. Many countries in the region<br />

face water shortages, especially in<br />

periods of drought, which affects<br />

the population, agriculture and<br />

industry. Idrica specialist Lorente<br />

said that a main challenge lies in<br />

optimising the management of this<br />

scarce resource throughout the<br />

entire water cycle, from catchment<br />

to potential reuse. Moreover,<br />

all the stakeholders interested<br />

in this cycle must be aligned to<br />

ensure fairer, more efficient water<br />

distribution.<br />

A study carried out by UN<br />

environmental programme<br />

highlighted that 80% of river water<br />

in the APAC region is polluted.<br />

Rapid industrial and urban<br />

development in some South East<br />

<strong>Asia</strong>n countries have brought<br />

The UN<br />

environmental<br />

programme<br />

highlighted that<br />

80% of river water in<br />

the APAC region is<br />

polluted<br />

<strong>Water</strong> management in South East <strong>Asia</strong><br />

poses challenges which are related<br />

to its geography, climate, population<br />

growth and economic development.<br />

For example, the increase in<br />

greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and<br />

the consequent rise in temperatures in<br />

recent decades means that the region<br />

is highly vulnerable to climate change.<br />

Moreover, South East <strong>Asia</strong> plays<br />

host to 60% of the world population<br />

— primarily located in cities which<br />

release more heat and spread by<br />

building new constructions on flood<br />

plains — thus obstructing the natural<br />

course of waterways and increasing<br />

the risk of flooding. Urban growth<br />

also increases water stress. In 2015,<br />

the <strong>Asia</strong>n Development Bank (ADB)<br />

estimated that by 2030 there will be<br />

a 40% shortfall between water supply<br />

and demand in the region.<br />

Client solution architect at<br />

international water technology<br />

company specialising in smart<br />

solutions for utilities Idrica Víctor<br />

Lorente said, “It is essential to tackle<br />

water management challenges in<br />

South East <strong>Asia</strong> so as to safeguard<br />

the region’s sustainability and<br />

growth from a social, economic and<br />

industrial point of view.”<br />

This thus drives an urgent need to<br />

address water management issues in<br />

the region. Martin Shaw, non-revenue<br />

water (NRW) solution architect at<br />

Xylem, based in Malaysia, pointed<br />

to technology as a key player. “In an<br />

area with a burgeoning economy,<br />

technology becomes a lever for<br />

change to ensure the availability and<br />

sustainable management of water<br />

and sanitation services for all,” he<br />

said.<br />

water pollution from chemicals,<br />

industrial waste and untreated<br />

sewage. These affect water quality<br />

and the health of water-dependent<br />

communities.<br />

FLOOD MANAGEMENT,<br />

CROSS-BORDER WATER<br />

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND<br />

CLIMATE CHANGE<br />

During the rainy season, South<br />

East <strong>Asia</strong> has to cope with severe<br />

floods that affect millions of people<br />

and cause property damage.<br />

The lack of sound infrastructure<br />

and efficient flood management<br />

systems exacerbates this problem.<br />

Many rivers and river basins here<br />

are shared by multiple countries,<br />

which can lead to disputes over<br />

the use and management of<br />

cross-border water resources.<br />

Rising temperatures and changes<br />

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IN THE FIELD<br />

Many rivers and river<br />

basins here are shared<br />

by multiple countries,<br />

which can lead to<br />

disputes over the use<br />

and management of<br />

cross-border water<br />

resources<br />

in rainfall patterns due to climate<br />

change have an impact on water<br />

availability, the frequency and<br />

intensity of extreme events such as<br />

droughts and floods.<br />

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT,<br />

GROUNDWATER<br />

OVEREXPLOITATION AND POOR<br />

INFRASTRUCTURE<br />

Balancing economic development<br />

and environmental conservation<br />

is a major challenge for water<br />

management in the region. The<br />

economic development experienced<br />

by South East <strong>Asia</strong> in the last<br />

10 years has led to increased<br />

demand for water and energy, which<br />

in turn exacerbates water scarcity<br />

and pollution problems.<br />

In some areas, excessive<br />

groundwater extraction for irrigation<br />

and domestic use lead to aquifer<br />

depletion and saltwater intrusion,<br />

making water unsuitable for drinking<br />

and agriculture. Additional measures<br />

are essential, including programmes<br />

to improve non-conventional water<br />

sources, surface water storage, and<br />

demand management.<br />

Many parts of the region also<br />

lack good water infrastructure<br />

such as water treatment facilities,<br />

distribution networks and drainage<br />

systems, which affects access to<br />

safe drinking water and increases<br />

flood vulnerability. <strong>Asia</strong> accounts<br />

for about half of the world’s bottled<br />

water market which is a factor that<br />

discourages investment in public<br />

infrastructure.<br />

POPULATION GROWTH, WATER<br />

GOVERNANCE AND POLICIES<br />

According to UN, approximately<br />

three out of every five people in<br />

the world live in <strong>Asia</strong> — which<br />

represents 60% of the global<br />

population — a figure that will remain<br />

the same in 2050. The increase of<br />

population and economic activities<br />

in cities combined with rapid urban<br />

development adds pressure on<br />

water resources as the demand for<br />

water increases. Additionally, yields<br />

from irrigated agriculture need<br />

to be increased, with 70% of water<br />

resources being used for this type<br />

of agriculture, causing greater water<br />

scarcity.<br />

Inconsistent water governance, lack<br />

of integrated water management and<br />

the overlap in responsibilities between<br />

various agencies often hinder the<br />

effectiveness of water management<br />

strategies. Environmental policies<br />

cannot be taken locally but must<br />

be wide-ranging and take in the<br />

complexity of ecological systems.<br />

CONCLUSION<br />

South East <strong>Asia</strong>n countries need to<br />

adopt water management approaches<br />

that include implementing sustainable<br />

policies, strengthening water<br />

infrastructure, promoting water<br />

conservation, efficient water use,<br />

and regional cooperation to manage<br />

cross-border water resources jointly.<br />

In addition, public awareness and<br />

the active participation of local<br />

communities are crucial to achieve<br />

more effective water management in<br />

the region.<br />

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FOCUS<br />

Energy efficient<br />

opportunities<br />

for wastewater<br />

treatment<br />

With the help of<br />

decanter centrifuge<br />

technology, a<br />

wastewater plant<br />

in China is able to<br />

achieve a low carbon<br />

solution that prioritises<br />

power consumption<br />

<strong>Wastewater</strong> treatment safeguards the<br />

environment and public health. But<br />

it comes at a cost; driven by energy<br />

consumption, operational expenses,<br />

and the challenges of managing these<br />

complex systems. In an era of rising<br />

environmental consciousness, it is<br />

crucial to address these challenges<br />

while striving for energy efficiency<br />

and cost-effectiveness in wastewater<br />

treatment.<br />

<strong>Wastewater</strong> treatment plants<br />

(WWTPs) account for about 30%<br />

of their total operational expenses.<br />

These facilities have to contend with<br />

rising costs of chemicals required<br />

to maintain water quality, proper<br />

treatment and disposal of sewage<br />

sludge generated during the process.<br />

Inefficient management compounds<br />

the problem as wastewater treatment<br />

is decentralised and complex, making<br />

data collection and supervision<br />

arduous.<br />

Drinking water and WWTPs are<br />

among the largest energy consumers<br />

globally, accounting for up to 4% of<br />

the world’s energy consumption.<br />

It is reported that merely 20% of<br />

these plants adequately treat their<br />

water, highlighting an untapped<br />

potential of untreated global<br />

wastewater. According to the UN<br />

Environment Programme (UNEP),<br />

approximately half of the world’s<br />

untreated wastewater still flows into<br />

rivers, lakes, and seas. The CO2<br />

emissions resulting from wastewater<br />

are substantial. UNEP reported<br />

that wastewater could serve as an<br />

alternative energy source for over<br />

half a billion people, deliver more<br />

than 10 times the water produced<br />

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FOCUS<br />

company in China partnered with<br />

Alfa Laval — a global group in heat<br />

transfer, centrifugal separation, and<br />

fluid handling — to secure energy<br />

savings. This initiative is part of a<br />

larger project aimed at expanding<br />

an existing wastewater plant. The<br />

project, aligned with the government’s<br />

goals of water quality protection and<br />

industrial pollution reduction, focuses<br />

on water reuse and recycling. This<br />

endeavour supports China’s dualcarbon<br />

objectives to peak carbon<br />

emissions by 2030 and achieve<br />

carbon neutrality by 2060.<br />

The plant covers about 23.3 hectares<br />

and treats sewage at a capacity<br />

of 1.2 million m³ per day for a local<br />

1<br />

2<br />

population of approximately<br />

6 million inhabitants. After treatment,<br />

the clean water is discharged into<br />

the local river. Through the use of<br />

decanter technology, this project<br />

aims to eliminate and reduce overflow<br />

on both dry and rainy days, achieving<br />

a low-carbon solution that prioritises<br />

power and polymer consumption. It is<br />

projected to deliver energy efficiency<br />

improvements of 30-40% when<br />

measured against the performance of<br />

competitive solutions in China. Upon<br />

completion, the plant will reportedly<br />

rank among the largest in <strong>Asia</strong>.<br />

ENERGY-INTELLIGENT APPROACH<br />

1 BOGE<br />

compressors<br />

can recover up<br />

to 94% of the<br />

energy used<br />

2 At the Laillé<br />

WWTP,<br />

connected<br />

photovoltaic<br />

trackers<br />

controlled by AI<br />

improves the<br />

efficiency of<br />

renewable energy<br />

production<br />

by desalination, and diminish the<br />

demand for synthetic fertilisers.<br />

Can these treatment plants harness<br />

energy from wastewater while<br />

treating it?<br />

Reducing operating costs while<br />

improving operational and energy<br />

efficiency simultaneously is a<br />

challenge for the water sector.<br />

“Against a background of climate<br />

protection goals and rising<br />

energy prices, energy efficiency<br />

in water treatment has become<br />

[a] major issue,” said Nalin<br />

Amunugama, general manager,<br />

BOGE Kompressoren <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific.<br />

However, he added that energy<br />

efficiency is still an attainable goal.<br />

For wastewater treatment facilities,<br />

technologies to reduce energy<br />

consumption already exist. Investing<br />

in the right equipment and solutions<br />

like artificial intelligence (AI) pay off<br />

quickly and improve plant efficiency<br />

without undue expense, especially in<br />

older WWTPs.<br />

DECANTER CENTRIFUGE<br />

TECHNOLOGY<br />

China offers an example of how<br />

energy savings can be achieved<br />

through the implementation of<br />

technology. A municipal wastewater<br />

Maximising the potential of<br />

technology is essential for improving<br />

productivity, minimising energy<br />

consumption, reducing losses,<br />

and optimising chemical usage<br />

in wastewater treatment. The<br />

Schwarzachgruppe Sewerage<br />

Association in Schwarzenbruck,<br />

Germany serves as an example<br />

of a WWTP that has embraced an<br />

energy-intelligent approach. This<br />

environmental innovation showcase<br />

project, in collaboration with<br />

technology company ABB, balances<br />

energy consumption and production<br />

without relying on external power<br />

sources.<br />

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FOCUS<br />

ABB’s ‘Ability Energy Management’<br />

and ‘OPTIMAX’ allow existing<br />

energy generation and storage<br />

options to be networked, controlled<br />

and optimised. These include a<br />

hydroelectric power plant in the<br />

WWTP outlet, photovoltaic solar<br />

panels, two combined heat and<br />

power plants using sewage gas,<br />

electricity storage in batteries,<br />

sewage gas storage, heat storage<br />

and various storage units for the<br />

continuous provision of thermal or<br />

electrical energy required.<br />

In addition, the treatment plant<br />

operates like a grid, allowing assets<br />

to be controlled through an energy<br />

management system. In the event<br />

of an oversupply of electricity, the<br />

battery storage system is charged.<br />

During low production, the battery<br />

storage can be discharged. The<br />

pilot project reportedly achieved<br />

100% energy savings of the previous<br />

electricity consumption required<br />

from the grid.<br />

COMPRESSORS AS ENERGY<br />

SAVERS<br />

Compressors and compressed air<br />

treatment technologies play a role in<br />

the energy consumption of WWTPs.<br />

In the US, these plants consume<br />

over 30 terawatt hours of electricity<br />

annually, resulting in US$2bn in<br />

electric costs. It is estimated that<br />

electricity expenses make up 40%<br />

of these plants’ annual operating<br />

budgets. The challenge lies in<br />

reducing energy consumption when<br />

the equipment and infrastructure do<br />

not prioritise energy efficiency.<br />

Air compressor specialist BOGE<br />

offers a solution to this issue. Their<br />

oil-injection cooled and oil-free<br />

screw compressors are designed to<br />

recover heat, which is often wasted<br />

in the production of compressed air.<br />

Instead of allowing it to dissipate<br />

as ambient heat, these modern<br />

compressors can recover up to 94%<br />

of the energy used, and transfer the<br />

heat from compressed air production<br />

to the desired process such as heat<br />

storage and operating areas, and<br />

for heating water or oils, without<br />

additional energy input. For older<br />

models, BOGE Duotherm system can<br />

be used with other brand systems. It<br />

is available in 5 power levels from<br />

7.5-110kW for easy integration<br />

into oil-injection cooled screw<br />

compressors. Amunugama added,<br />

“Through heat recovery, the<br />

compressor turns into an energy<br />

saver with a surge in overall<br />

efficiency, no matter what the original<br />

model or output was.”<br />

RENEWABLE ENERGY<br />

PRODUCTION<br />

In France, the Laillé WWTP has<br />

installed photovoltaic trackers.<br />

Controlled by Purecontrol AI system,<br />

the trackers allow the treatment<br />

plant to limit energy consumption.<br />

Purecontrol developed an algorithm<br />

capable of real-time analysis of the<br />

plant’s processes.<br />

The use of intelligent and connected<br />

trackers are said to improve the<br />

efficiency of renewable energy<br />

production. By following the sunrays<br />

in an optimal way, the trackers obtain<br />

a production of renewable energy<br />

all-day long. This approach, first of<br />

its kind in France, has the potential to<br />

reduce the plant’s carbon footprint by<br />

about 300 tonnes of CO2 per year.<br />

Testing this solution at two WWTPs<br />

reportedly resulted in energy bill<br />

savings of 15-20%. The project is<br />

being deployed at other WWTPs in<br />

France. The AI system enables the<br />

adjustment of energy consumption to<br />

coincide with peak energy production<br />

from the photovoltaic trackers. In<br />

total, on an annual consumption of<br />

190,000kWh which is equivalent to<br />

40 households, the device will reduce<br />

the consumption of the equipment by<br />

43%, to 108,000KWh.<br />

CLOSING THE LOOP<br />

WWTPs have the potential to<br />

reduce carbon footprint and<br />

energy costs as well as contribute<br />

to clean energy production.<br />

As our planet grapples with an<br />

expanding population and a rising<br />

demand for fresh water, treating<br />

wastewater is an urgent necessity.<br />

Managing wastewater safeguards<br />

our water supply and provides<br />

opportunities to recover resources.<br />

The circular economy concept has<br />

gained traction as a framework to<br />

transform wastewater management<br />

into a resource-efficient process,<br />

which will enable customers to<br />

enjoy cost-savings improvements<br />

and achieve sustainability targets in<br />

water resource management.<br />

“Amidst rising operational<br />

costs, the savings derived from<br />

improved energy efficiency<br />

will lead to quicker returns on<br />

initial investments,” Amunugama<br />

said. “These savings can then<br />

be reinvested in improvements,<br />

ensuring that WWTPs are<br />

well-equipped to meet future<br />

demands.”<br />

Images: BOGE<br />

Nalin Amunugama<br />

General manager,<br />

BOGE Kompressoren <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific<br />

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FOCUS<br />

Flow measurement<br />

of treated water<br />

for a drinking water<br />

supply system<br />

1 2<br />

BACKGROUND<br />

An Australian water utilities provider<br />

manages the collection, treatment<br />

and distribution of water for a coastal<br />

local government area. To supply<br />

private households and industrial<br />

clients with more than 40 million<br />

litres of drinking water every day, the<br />

company operates a water treatment<br />

plant with a network of reservoirs,<br />

pumps as well as water mains.<br />

MEASUREMENT REQUIREMENTS<br />

Given that water scarcity was an<br />

issue for the local council, flow<br />

measurement of treated water<br />

supplied to the network was critical.<br />

The treated water discharged from<br />

the main water treatment plant must<br />

always match with the quantities<br />

of water taken in from the adjacent<br />

river. The readings were also used<br />

to determine the amount of water<br />

being treated by the water treatment<br />

plant, as cross reference to the<br />

volume of chemicals being added<br />

and measured in the process such<br />

as chlorine gas, lime or carbon<br />

dioxide.<br />

The previously used electromagnetic<br />

flowmeter (EMF) from a competitor<br />

had not been up to the conditions<br />

and needed replacement. Due to<br />

burial installation, this meter had<br />

water ingress around the coil. This<br />

resulted in a low reading both on the<br />

instantaneous as well as the totalised<br />

flow rate. Overall accuracy was low<br />

and no longer up to the requirement<br />

of the customer.<br />

Due to the critical nature of this<br />

measurement point, the company<br />

needed a flowmeter that was made<br />

to the exact installation length of the<br />

previous one. Altering the pipe work<br />

was not an option as water supply<br />

must always be maintained. Reliable<br />

ingress protection of the flowmeter<br />

was compulsory.<br />

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FOCUS<br />

KROHNE SOLUTION<br />

The water utility opted for the<br />

OPTIFLUX 2300 electromagnetic<br />

flowmeter. This high-end EMF<br />

was suitable for potable water<br />

applications requiring high accuracy<br />

and extensive diagnostics. The EMF<br />

was provided in meter size DN900<br />

with a hard rubber liner as well as<br />

rugged Hastelloy-C22 electrodes<br />

which conformed to the national<br />

drinking water standards. While<br />

the readings were transmitted by<br />

simple 4-20mA output to a control<br />

room, the remote wall mounted<br />

signal converter also allowed local<br />

monitoring onsite.<br />

The EMF came IP68 rated with<br />

special burial coating for subsoil<br />

installation. This also involved<br />

potting compound, rendering the<br />

electronics of the flowmeter well<br />

protected against moisture or<br />

constant flooding. Potting is applied<br />

in all KROHNE subsoil applications as<br />

standard. The potting mix protected<br />

the terminals and conductors from<br />

any condensation or leakage which<br />

may occur through the junction box<br />

as a result of moisture in the soil<br />

or heavy rainfall. The compound<br />

also sealed cabling insulation from<br />

possible ingress of moisture and<br />

removed a path for water ingress<br />

to access coil windings through the<br />

neck of the flowmeter.<br />

3<br />

CUSTOMER BENEFITS<br />

Due to its dimensions according to<br />

ISO standard, the KROHNE meter met<br />

the client’s requirements in terms of<br />

installation length. There was no need<br />

for further pipework and the given<br />

infrastructure remained unchanged.<br />

In this way, the water utility was<br />

able to complete the changeover of<br />

flowmeters within 8 hours, ensuring<br />

the water supply to the city was not<br />

compromised.<br />

The OPTIFLUX 2300 provided the<br />

company with reliable information to<br />

monitor water treatment efficiency.<br />

The EMF also helped the client<br />

demonstrate the performance of<br />

their water treatment plant to the<br />

water authorities, adding to other<br />

KROHNE products already in use<br />

in water as well as wastewater<br />

applications of the client.<br />

Images: KROHNE<br />

4<br />

1 Media leaking from inside the coil housing<br />

2 Damaged EMF before replacement<br />

3 OPTIFLUX 2300: EMF for advanced water<br />

and wastewater applications<br />

4 OPTIFLUX 2300 has cost-saving options<br />

without grounding rings and other variants<br />

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Instrumentation confidence<br />

underpins power station<br />

performance<br />

FOCUS<br />

process. Low pH values in combination<br />

with turbulent flow conditions can cause<br />

flow-accelerated corrosion (FAC), which<br />

is known to be fast, destructive, and a<br />

main root cause of boiler tube failures.<br />

Power plant water steam cycle chemistry is<br />

therefore focused on minimising corrosion<br />

rates, as well as avoiding specific forms<br />

of corrosion such as FAC. Mitigating plant<br />

corrosion is achieved by continuously<br />

monitoring specific conductivity, as well as<br />

conductivity after cation exchange (CACE),<br />

degassed CACE, pH, dissolved oxygen and<br />

where required, silica and sodium analysis.<br />

VPI Rye house<br />

Steam and water quality analysis performs<br />

a role in the protection of power plants<br />

from corrosion and deposition in the water<br />

steam cycle. Small changes in water and<br />

steam quality have the potential to impact<br />

the performance of the power station<br />

and cause expensive outages. The cost<br />

of monitoring equipment is therefore<br />

negligible in comparison with the potential<br />

costs of failure to manage water and<br />

steam quality, so power plant chemists are<br />

seeking accuracy and reliability in their<br />

instrumentation.<br />

“Our main driver is to always ensure good<br />

feedwater quality, free from corrosive<br />

species,” said power station chemist Adrian<br />

Bailey from UK-based power company<br />

VPI. “We need instruments that deliver the<br />

highest performance levels continuously<br />

24/7, 365 days of the year. Having tried<br />

most of the monitors on the market, we<br />

have migrated almost all the water quality<br />

monitors at our five UK locations to Swan<br />

Analytical instruments.” In addition to risk<br />

reduction, water quality monitoring also<br />

enhances process efficiency, protects plant<br />

longevity and availability, and helps ensure<br />

compliance with environmental permits.<br />

BACKGROUND<br />

Various forms of corrosion can affect<br />

the metallic surfaces within the internal<br />

components of power plants. Corrosion<br />

is an electrochemical process, and<br />

any buildup of dissolved contaminants<br />

such as chlorides, sulphates or other<br />

detrimental species could enhance the<br />

risk of corrosion such as pitting, flow<br />

accelerated corrosion and stress corrosion<br />

cracking. This risk is amplified where high<br />

temperatures accelerate the corrosion<br />

WATER QUALITY MONITORING AT<br />

VPI POWER STATIONS<br />

VPI is one of the Combined Cycle Gas<br />

Turbine (CCGT) operators in the UK, with<br />

assets capable of generating 3.3 gigawatts<br />

(GW) of power; sufficient for around 3 million<br />

homes. The company is committed to being<br />

part of the UK’s pathway to net zero, and in<br />

the short-term, investing in its existing plant<br />

to protect the reliability of the UK’s power<br />

supply during turbulent times in the energy<br />

sector.<br />

Bailey said, “The operation of our existing<br />

portfolio represents a challenge because<br />

most power stations were designed to operate<br />

continuously, rather than the stop-start regime<br />

that is required by today’s rapidly fluctuating<br />

supply and demand energy market; a situation<br />

which can increase potential corrosion risks.”<br />

VPI UK locations include Damhead Creek in<br />

Kent, Shoreham in West Sussex, Blackburn<br />

in Lancashire, Rye House in Hertfordshire,<br />

and Immingham in Lincolnshire. In order to<br />

minimise corrosion, all of VPI plants dose<br />

condensate, feedwater with ammonia or<br />

amine blends to establish a specific alkaline<br />

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pH. However, these alkalising agents<br />

could potentially mask the presence of<br />

low-level contaminants, so in addition<br />

to continuous measurements of pH and<br />

specific conductivity, VPI plants also monitor<br />

underlying conductivity with Swan AMI CACE<br />

instrument, which removes the ammonia<br />

from samples and changes contaminants into<br />

their acid form to amplify their conductivity,<br />

and thereby enable early detection.<br />

Dissolved gases, such as carbon dioxide,<br />

can also mask the presence of low-level<br />

contaminants by contributing to the CACE<br />

value. The VPI plants also use Swan<br />

instruments to monitor degassed CACE<br />

continuously. Differential analysis of CACE<br />

and degassed CACE indicate whether an<br />

elevated cation conductivity value is due<br />

to the presence of carbon dioxide or more<br />

corrosive ions such as chloride and sulphate.<br />

In addition to conductivity and pH, VPI also<br />

employs Swan analysers to monitor trace<br />

amounts of dissolved oxygen, silica, and<br />

sodium, as well as turbidity which is used for<br />

trend monitoring for particulate corrosion<br />

products.<br />

1<br />

WHY SWAN ANALYTICAL<br />

INSTRUMENTS?<br />

Swan conductivity and pH analysers were<br />

first installed at Rye house power station<br />

around 2007, and the first Swan silica<br />

analyser was installed at Damhead around<br />

2009. “At that time, there was no common<br />

policy for instrumentation, and each power<br />

station was running different analysers,”<br />

said Bailey. “Service and maintenance<br />

procedures varied considerably, and the<br />

availability of spares and consumables was<br />

more complicated. However, the early Swan<br />

analysers performed, so we have gradually<br />

migrated almost all of our instruments, at all<br />

of the sites, to Swan.”<br />

Bailey added, “The most important feature<br />

of an instrument is the confidence that it<br />

inspires in its operators, and this is where<br />

Swan led the field. We routinely take grab<br />

samples for laboratory analysis to check<br />

the accuracy of the monitors, and this data<br />

gave us the confidence to roll them out<br />

more widely.<br />

“The amount of time spent on instrument<br />

maintenance is also a key issue, and<br />

one in which Swan excels. With high<br />

levels of reliability and low maintenance<br />

requirements, their instruments [are]<br />

simple to operate; the menus are easy<br />

to follow, without the necessity to<br />

memorise the manual, which means that<br />

the requirement for operator training is<br />

minimal. Occasionally, we need to utilise<br />

Swan’s technical support, and their staff are<br />

experienced, so they are able to respond<br />

quickly to our requests.”<br />

Swan power product specialist Chris Mead<br />

said, “Our monitors are factory-calibrated<br />

and pre-mounted on sample panels, making<br />

1 Swan instrumentation monitoring water steam<br />

cycles at VPI Immingham power station<br />

2 Swan instrumentation monitoring water steam<br />

cycles at VPI Shoreham<br />

them easier to install and integrate. With<br />

a single source of low-maintenance<br />

instruments, the cost of ownership is<br />

lower. However, the costs associated<br />

with the purchase and operation of Swan<br />

instruments are negligible in comparison<br />

with the potential cost implications of<br />

plant failure or asset downtime, so whilst<br />

we supply instruments, what we deliver is<br />

peace of mind.”<br />

Images: Swan Analytical<br />

2<br />

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FOCUS<br />

Mine water treatment<br />

relies on borehole loggers<br />

1<br />

For the last 9 years, Severn Trent<br />

Services has managed a contract<br />

for mine water treatment across<br />

the Coal Authority estate, including<br />

73 mine water treatment schemes<br />

in England, Scotland and Wales,<br />

the UK. These schemes take<br />

the form of three types: passive,<br />

pumped-passive and active. <strong>Water</strong><br />

levels are one of the elements<br />

monitored at these sites, which<br />

have approximately 600 monitoring<br />

points. The majority of the readings<br />

are obtained manually with dip tapes,<br />

and by utilising loggers, around 125<br />

of which are OTT ecoLog water level<br />

loggers.<br />

At most sites, mine water is pumped<br />

to a treatment facility which<br />

employs oxygenation, filtration and<br />

sedimentation to raise the quality<br />

of the water in compliance with<br />

discharge consents. “Mine water<br />

from legacy coal mines is treated<br />

at many of these sites utilising<br />

settlement lagoons and reed beds,”<br />

said Oren Environmental data and<br />

reporting manager Paul Robinson.<br />

He added that the management of<br />

these resources is dependent on<br />

reliable data including water level<br />

measurements, which they have<br />

been using OTT instruments since<br />

2016. With the benefit of water level<br />

data, the flow of water through the<br />

lagoons and reedbeds is ensured<br />

to maximise treatment before water<br />

is discharged to watercourse,<br />

according to Robinson.<br />

“One of the capabilities of the<br />

loggers is to create alarms and we<br />

are investigating for future use,” he<br />

said. “In addition to the older ecoLog<br />

500 and the newer ecoLog 1000,<br />

we also utilise five ecoLog 800 to<br />

collect and monitor conductivity<br />

measurements. Conductivity data<br />

can be used to assess the quality of<br />

water by identifying minerals that are<br />

present in the water.”<br />

Where the ecoLogs are deployed<br />

in surface water weirs, the level<br />

measurements are translated into<br />

flow, which informs the management<br />

of the treatment process. Many of<br />

the original water level loggers were<br />

ecoLog 500 devices, some of which<br />

are still in operation. However, these<br />

are being gradually replaced by<br />

ecoLog 1000 instruments. Robinson<br />

said that the ecoLog 1000 has<br />

an advantageous feature. “Data<br />

from the older units was collected<br />

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FOCUS<br />

using a USB cable, however the<br />

newer instruments have Bluetooth<br />

connectivity, which means that our<br />

operators can connect more quickly<br />

and in adverse weather. They can<br />

also drive close to the logger and<br />

communicate wirelessly with a<br />

smartphone or laptop from their<br />

vehicle,” he added.<br />

The ecoLog 1000 is reportedly an<br />

all-in-one instrument, including a<br />

water level sensor, a logger, and<br />

a built-in modem. It requires no<br />

additional tools for maintenance or<br />

battery replacement, and has been<br />

designed for long-term, unattended<br />

monitoring in challenging conditions.<br />

Key features include low-power<br />

operation including Bluetooth<br />

low energy, as well as a rugged<br />

stainless steel pressure probe<br />

housing and a ceramic temperature<br />

compensated sensor. Typically,<br />

remote connectivity is achieved via<br />

cellular network.<br />

Force Crag mine in the Lake district<br />

is an example of a remote former<br />

mine with challenging environmental<br />

conditions. Cellular coverage is<br />

limited onsite, so OTT built a local<br />

network which transmits water level<br />

data via radio to two loggers located<br />

in a higher position. Data from these<br />

loggers are then transmitted regularly<br />

to Oren File Transfer Protocol (FTP)<br />

server.<br />

Mining commenced at Force Crag in<br />

1835, and it became the last working<br />

metal mine of zinc, lead and barytes<br />

in the Lake district, prior to its final<br />

closure in 1991. Metal pollution such<br />

as zinc, cadmium and lead from the<br />

mine polluted the Coledale Beck, a<br />

tributary of the river Derwent and<br />

Bassenthwaite Lake Special Area of<br />

Conservation.<br />

The Coal Authority, working in<br />

partnership with the Environment<br />

Agency, Newcastle University and<br />

the National Trust, devised a passive<br />

mine water treatment scheme to<br />

reduce the levels of metal pollution<br />

entering the river. The scheme, which<br />

opened in 2015, diverts water from<br />

the level 1 of a horizontal passage to<br />

an underground mine and routes it<br />

through a buried transfer pipe to two<br />

vertical flow ponds for treatment.<br />

The ponds were built using the<br />

existing bunding of the former<br />

mining tailings lagoon, lined with<br />

a geomembrane, and filled with a<br />

compost treatment mix. <strong>Water</strong> is fed<br />

into the ponds, where it flows down<br />

through the compost and passes into<br />

a wetland, planted with soft rushes.<br />

The wetland filters any remaining<br />

solids and oxygenates the water prior<br />

to discharge into the Coledale Beck.<br />

“Each site presents its own<br />

challenges,” Robinson said. “Many<br />

are in remote areas and in different<br />

environments, so we maximise the<br />

equipment to hand such as the<br />

OTT ecoLogs. Remote telemetry is<br />

advantageous because it provides<br />

access to more frequent data than<br />

manual dips due to the schedule of<br />

visits that we work to.”<br />

Images: OTT Hydromet<br />

2 3<br />

1 Force Cragg<br />

2 OTT 1000<br />

connection<br />

3 ecoLog 1000<br />

installed<br />

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FOCUS<br />

Materials can impact<br />

product design life and<br />

produce safer drinking water<br />

By Timothy Fallon, Pratt technical sales manager, Mueller<br />

As water utilities are looking for<br />

ways to do more with less, some<br />

manufacturers are investing in R&D<br />

to improve the product by using new<br />

materials to extend product life and<br />

value. A simple choice of material<br />

can impact the design life, function,<br />

and performance. One change that<br />

has all three beneficial outcomes<br />

for water distribution is moving<br />

from nitrile (Buna-N) to Ethylene<br />

Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM)<br />

for valve seats.<br />

Nitrile rubber or Buna-N, also known<br />

as Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR)<br />

and acrylonitrile (ACN) butadiene<br />

rubber are synthetic rubber derived<br />

from ACN and butadiene. Buna-N<br />

is a general-purpose oil-resistant<br />

polymer that has good resistance<br />

to solvents, oil, water, and hydraulic<br />

fluid with good compression set<br />

properties. It also has acceptable<br />

resistance to abrasion and good<br />

tensile strength in laboratory tests.<br />

The resistance to solvents —<br />

particularly oils — has made Buna-N<br />

a popular elastomer candidate for<br />

use when collecting raw water,<br />

where pollution and illegal dumping<br />

have allowed petrochemicals<br />

to infiltrate freshwater supplies.<br />

Buna-N elastomers are also used<br />

in wastewater applications where<br />

resistance to solvents and oils is<br />

important.<br />

These properties are a reason<br />

Buna-N has been a choice for<br />

elastomeric seats used in multiple<br />

types of valves including butterfly,<br />

rubber seated ball, and resilient<br />

seated check and gate valves in<br />

North America.<br />

It has always been the mission<br />

of water utilities to provide<br />

safe drinking water, but<br />

contaminants are on the rise<br />

so municipalities have to do<br />

more testing and look at a broader<br />

spectrum of treatment solutions.<br />

One treatment that is becoming<br />

more common and in increasing<br />

quantities is the use of<br />

chloramines to disinfect<br />

drinking water. This has<br />

been standard practice<br />

in other parts of the<br />

world, and as a result,<br />

they have discovered<br />

that increased chloramine<br />

use leads to substantially<br />

higher rates of valve seat<br />

failure. It became evident that<br />

chloramine usage was the cause<br />

of Buna-N elastomer degradation<br />

characterised as mass change, which<br />

is due to the rubber swelling up in<br />

the presence of chloramines. Mass<br />

change is the result of excessive<br />

water absorption. Other failure<br />

modes are increased susceptibility<br />

to breaking stress and strain, along<br />

with increasing hardness, where the<br />

rubber is simply losing its elastomeric<br />

properties.<br />

When the integrity of any elastomer is<br />

compromised, chemicals or additives<br />

can leach into the drinking water.<br />

When certain standard minimum<br />

concentrations are detected, the<br />

rubber compound is designated<br />

unworthy for use in drinking water<br />

applications, per the guidelines set in<br />

NSF/ANSI 61: drinking water system<br />

components — health effects. In<br />

order to ensure the rubber compound<br />

is safe for use in drinking water or<br />

wastewater applications, the rubber<br />

compound should be thoroughly<br />

evaluated to the NSF standards as<br />

appropriate.<br />

Pratt butterfly valve<br />

(Image: Mueller)<br />

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FOCUS<br />

SHIFTING TO A SAFER AND MORE<br />

RELIABLE ELASTOMER<br />

As the trend in chloramine treatment<br />

increases in North America, a new<br />

approach will be needed to ensure<br />

drinking water is safe and that valves<br />

continue to perform without having<br />

to send out crews to replace failing<br />

seats, which could result in service<br />

disruption. EPDM is appearing as<br />

a suitable replacement, given the<br />

changing water environment and a<br />

superior performing elastomer, when<br />

compared to Buna-N. However, not all<br />

rubber compounds perform the same.<br />

There are some Buna-N compounds<br />

that perform well under adverse<br />

conditions. The same can be said for<br />

Styrene-Butadiene Rubber (SBR),<br />

natural rubber and neoprene rubber.<br />

The most common way to confirm<br />

the integrity of the specific rubber<br />

compound is by testing it under lab<br />

conditions. Many formulations of<br />

peroxide-cured EPDM are favoured<br />

as less susceptible to chloramine<br />

degradation followed by many<br />

formulations of Buna-N, SBR, natural<br />

rubber, and neoprene rubber. As<br />

new methods of disinfection come<br />

into play, manufacturers of water<br />

infrastructure will need to adapt and<br />

innovate products to better meet<br />

the needs of the municipal water<br />

industry.<br />

The decision as to what rubber<br />

compound to use is commonly<br />

based upon past practice and often<br />

outdated specification language.<br />

Given research and its mandate<br />

to continuously innovate the<br />

functionality and extend the product<br />

life of water infrastructure solutions,<br />

Henry Pratt company is moving to<br />

EPDM seats as the standard seat<br />

configuration for all Pratt butterfly<br />

valves. EDM is also readily available<br />

and globally sourced, reducing the<br />

challenges of supply chain issues<br />

that have arisen since the start of the<br />

pandemic.<br />

“By standardising on one seat<br />

material, which removes some of the<br />

decision-making processes through<br />

providing an EPDM seat, the physical<br />

properties are better when held<br />

up against chloramine attack. We<br />

anticipate water utilities will welcome<br />

the upgrade. Once maintenance<br />

crews see the improvement in<br />

durability, we anticipate EPDM will be<br />

the preferred choice for replacement<br />

seats,” said Tom Velkovich, sales<br />

director for the Henry Pratt company.<br />

As materials improve and industry<br />

standards evolve, utilities often<br />

adopt these changes when they<br />

upgrade facilities or perform<br />

routine maintenance that requires<br />

replacement parts. The latter is<br />

when utilities have an ongoing<br />

ability to adopt better designs and<br />

materials, increase the design life of<br />

existing infrastructure, and reduce<br />

the frequency of maintenance.<br />

Knowing what new materials and<br />

design improvements are available<br />

for new builds or plant upgrades is<br />

also key to ensuring utilities are well<br />

positioned to handle the challenges<br />

of today and the evolving landscape<br />

of delivering safe drinking water to<br />

all citizens.<br />

Pratt butterfly valve<br />

(Image: Mueller)<br />

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HOTSEAT<br />

Transforming<br />

waste into wealth:<br />

Altent Renewables solution<br />

to water-rich sludge<br />

By Benjamin Wan, CTO and co-founder, Altent Renewables<br />

urgency for a sustainable paradigm<br />

shift. On a global scale, more than<br />

US$20bn is spent on sludge disposal<br />

annually.<br />

However, Altent Renewables sees<br />

this challenge as an opportunity.<br />

Leveraging its Altent hydrothermal<br />

process, the company converts<br />

challenging sludge waste into fuels and<br />

minerals, creating a revenue stream<br />

for waste producers and making waste<br />

disposal more sustainable. Altent<br />

Renewables is a part of the 2023<br />

cohort of the Ripple2wave Incubator,<br />

which is supported by EnterpriseSG<br />

and PUB, Singapore’s National <strong>Water</strong><br />

Agency. The incubator’s mandate is to<br />

nurture the growth of early-stage water<br />

tech startups.<br />

ALTENT TECHNOLOGY AND THE<br />

ROLE OF SUPERCRITICAL WATER<br />

At the heart of Altent’s technology<br />

Altent Renewables<br />

lab-scale waste<br />

conversion unit in<br />

Tuas, Singapore<br />

Altent Renewables is a Singapore-based<br />

startup that offers a solution for the<br />

inefficiency in managing sludge waste,<br />

including sewage sludge, bio-sludge<br />

and oil sludge — a critical issue in<br />

the wastewater treatment industry.<br />

These water-rich waste materials pose<br />

challenges for conventional disposal<br />

methods, incurring costs for waste<br />

producers and resulting in minimal<br />

resource recovery. In Singapore,<br />

260,000 tonnes of sewage sludge are<br />

generated annually, which is directed<br />

for incineration. Beyond financial<br />

implications, harmful emissions such<br />

as nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide,<br />

coupled with filling landfills like Pulau<br />

Semakau by 2035, underscore the<br />

lies hydrothermal gasification — a<br />

process for converting high-moisture<br />

waste into gaseous fuel with minimal<br />

solid byproducts. This method<br />

allows for the efficient conversion of<br />

challenging sludge waste, as well as<br />

other wet waste streams including<br />

food and agricultural waste, into fuels<br />

and minerals. Unlike conventional<br />

gasification methods that necessitate<br />

energy-intensive drying processes,<br />

Altent’s hydrothermal gasification<br />

circumvents these penalties, leading to<br />

enhanced resource recovery.<br />

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HOTSEAT<br />

A pivotal element in Altent’s<br />

hydrothermal process is supercritical<br />

water. At conditions above the critical<br />

point of water at 374°C and 22.1<br />

megapascal (MPa), water exists in a<br />

dense phase with unique properties<br />

unlike that of liquid water or gaseous<br />

steam. This medium facilitates the<br />

rapid dissolution and decomposition<br />

of organic compounds through ionic,<br />

radical, hydrolysis, and pyrolysis<br />

reaction mechanisms, unlocking the<br />

potential of sludge waste for energy<br />

recovery. Not only does supercritical<br />

water accelerate the breakdown of<br />

complex organic compounds, it also<br />

serves as an excellent solvent for<br />

intermediate and gaseous products<br />

resulting from the decomposition<br />

process. This dual functionality<br />

contributes to the versatility of the<br />

Altent’s technology, setting it apart<br />

from conventional waste-to-energy<br />

methods.<br />

1<br />

1 Comparison of<br />

energy conversion<br />

efficiencies<br />

of competing<br />

technologies at<br />

varying moisture<br />

content<br />

2 Panel discussion<br />

at Singapore<br />

International<br />

Energy Week<br />

(SIEW), from<br />

left: Altent<br />

Renewables<br />

co-founder<br />

Tan Wee Han<br />

ITS ADVANTAGES AND EFFICIENCY<br />

IN HIGH WATER CONTENT<br />

Altent’s hydrothermal technology offers<br />

advantages crucial for effective wet<br />

waste management. The production<br />

of clean effluent water ensures<br />

environmentally-friendly outcomes,<br />

aligning with the increasing demand<br />

for sustainable practices. The<br />

flexibility of feedstock, a cornerstone<br />

of Altent’s approach, allows for<br />

the processing of diverse waste<br />

streams, enhancing the adaptability<br />

of the technology to different waste<br />

compositions. Additionally, the high<br />

throughput capacity of Altent’s system<br />

ensures a rapid conversion process,<br />

further reinforcing its position as a<br />

cost-effective solution.<br />

One of Altent’s achievements is<br />

its efficiency in handling highwater-content<br />

waste. When the<br />

water content exceeds 30%, and at<br />

levels above 80% — common with<br />

sewage sludge — Altent outperforms<br />

competitors by double. This efficiency<br />

is a testament to the performance of<br />

2<br />

Altent’s hydrothermal technology,<br />

showcasing its capability<br />

to navigate the challenges posed by<br />

water-rich waste materials more<br />

effectively than alternative methods<br />

like pyrolysis or thermal gasification.<br />

ITS ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND<br />

RECOVERY<br />

Altent technology excels both in<br />

waste conversion efficiency and<br />

energy management. Hydrothermal<br />

gasification reduces the energy<br />

penalties associated with drying<br />

high-moisture feedstocks, as is<br />

common in traditional gasification<br />

processes. Although substantial<br />

heat input is still required, the energy<br />

needed to heat water to 600°C at<br />

30MPa is marginally higher than that<br />

required for heating at 0.1MPa, where<br />

evaporation occurs. In the case of<br />

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HOTSEAT<br />

supercritical water, the heat is more<br />

readily recoverable than the latent<br />

heat of vaporisation. This energy<br />

efficiency contributes to the overall<br />

sustainability and viability of the<br />

Altent hydrothermal process.<br />

Altent’s approach stands in contrast<br />

to anaerobic digestion (AD), which,<br />

while addressing wet waste,<br />

often incurs high capital costs<br />

and demands space, producing<br />

a moisture-laden solid byproduct<br />

that does not have a ready market.<br />

Altent’s hydrothermal technology,<br />

with its streamlined approach,<br />

promises a more efficient and<br />

economically-viable solution to wet<br />

waste management challenges.<br />

CASE STUDY<br />

The Altent’s hydrothermal process<br />

has been proven in a lab-scale<br />

wet waste processing plant. The<br />

experimental setup designed,<br />

developed, and deployed by the<br />

founders is engineered for continuous<br />

operation with minimal supervision,<br />

requiring limited oversight only during<br />

startup. With a maximum throughput<br />

capacity of 3.4L/hr, the system<br />

processes feedstock into the desired<br />

outputs which are then analysed.<br />

The high-temperature-resistant<br />

reactor, operational at temperatures<br />

above 500°C and at a maximum<br />

pressure of 30MPa, is equipped with<br />

a specialised solid management<br />

system ensuring optimal performance<br />

and longevity. This lab study lays<br />

the groundwork for a scaled-up pilot<br />

system, emphasising its potential for<br />

commercial implementation.<br />

Altent has obtained a Letter of<br />

Intent (LOI) for a pilot project and<br />

is currently engaged in ongoing<br />

discussions with two companies<br />

for potential long-term commercial<br />

partnerships. Additionally, it has<br />

attracted other parties across<br />

various industries, highlighting the<br />

market demand for its technology.<br />

Guided by mentors in the Shell<br />

Startup Engine programme and the<br />

Ripple2Wave incubator, Altent takes<br />

pride in strategic guidance on its<br />

entrepreneurial journey.<br />

MILESTONES, ROADMAP AND<br />

CONCLUSION<br />

Having navigated the lab phase with a<br />

Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of<br />

4, Altent is set to enter the pilot phase<br />

within the next 12 months, increasing<br />

the TRL to 7. This is in partnership<br />

with a local waste management<br />

company to testbed the pilot system.<br />

The pilot project marks a step<br />

towards commercialisation, aiming to<br />

secure 10% of Singapore’s food waste<br />

market with a TRL of 9 by 2026. The<br />

company plans to further expand<br />

into other wet waste streams, both<br />

domestically and regionally, by 2028.<br />

3<br />

4<br />

Altent Renewables emerges as a<br />

force in the waste management<br />

sector, offering solutions to the global<br />

challenge of inefficient sludge waste<br />

management. With its hydrothermal<br />

process, the company not only<br />

addresses the environmental impact<br />

of water-rich waste materials but turns<br />

this challenge into an opportunity<br />

for sustainable resource recovery.<br />

As Altent progresses from lab-scale<br />

testing to the pilot phase, it is poised<br />

to make an impact on Singapore’s<br />

sludge waste market and beyond.<br />

The commitment of the Altent team,<br />

coupled with partnerships and a<br />

roadmap, positions the company as a<br />

player in shaping a more resourceful<br />

future for the world.<br />

Images: Altent Renewables<br />

3 Altent Renewables<br />

co-founder<br />

Wan pitching at<br />

‘Deal Fridays x<br />

Sustainability’<br />

event organised<br />

by Enterprise<br />

Singapore<br />

4 Altent Renewables<br />

co-founder Wan<br />

speaking at<br />

Ripple2Wave<br />

incubator opening<br />

ceremony<br />

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HOTSEAT<br />

Sullage water treatment<br />

using CDS technology<br />

in Malaysia<br />

By Yale Wong, managing director, EcoClean Technology, and Prof Teo Fang Yenn, associate dean,<br />

faculty of science and engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia<br />

Sullage water is neither considered in<br />

the Malaysia stormwater manual nor the<br />

sewerage guideline for developers. It is<br />

therefore allowed to flow into the drainage<br />

system, polluting rivers. The objective of this<br />

project was to achieve water quality index<br />

(WQI) class IIB in the effluent discharge<br />

at Tiong Nam urban area, Kuala Lumpur,<br />

Malaysia. The sullage water treatment<br />

plant (SWTP) uses continuous deflective<br />

separation (CDS) technology as gross<br />

pollutant trap, flocculation, bioreactor tanks<br />

with final capture of biomass and CDS hybrid<br />

inclined plate clarifiers. <strong>Water</strong> samples were<br />

tested for its WQI for three months and the<br />

WQI reportedly improved after implementing<br />

the SWTP, arriving at class IIA.<br />

THE CASE STUDY OF TIONG NAM URBAN<br />

AREA<br />

Apart from installing various types of trash<br />

traps along rivers and more than 300 gross<br />

pollutant traps within the drainage system<br />

to improve the water quality of the Klang<br />

and Gombak rivers under phase one of the<br />

River of Life project, the federal government<br />

of Malaysia allocated additional funds to<br />

construct about 20 SWTPs. Hundreds of<br />

kilometres of drainage interceptors and<br />

pipelines were built to collect and channel<br />

the sullage water to these SWTPs for<br />

treatment before releasing the treated<br />

effluent into the rivers. The SWTPs were<br />

constructed in different parcels at different<br />

stages of completion, all of which were<br />

aimed at raising WQI from the current<br />

class IV and class IV — which are both<br />

not suitable for body contact — to class<br />

IIB which is suitable for body contact and<br />

recreational usage.<br />

For WQI class IIB, the parameters tested for quality of the effluent. The client, Kuala<br />

each influent and effluent were dissolved Lumpur City Hall, and the department of<br />

oxygen (DO), temperature, pH, biochemical irrigation and drainage accepted the WQI<br />

oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen results which were consistent with class IIA,<br />

demand (COD), total suspended solid (TSS), a standard achieved beyond the targeted<br />

ammoniacal nitrogen (AN), and Escherichiacoli<br />

(E-coli). Design and build subcontractor<br />

result of class IIB.<br />

EcoClean Technology proposed an alternative METHOD<br />

design which was accepted. The completed The plant operationally starts from the<br />

SWTP was tested and commissioned before primary screening at the intake sump<br />

the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020. The followed by the mixing process in the<br />

water quality sampling was carried out by equalising tank. A series of submersible<br />

an authorised independent team and the pumps are used to draw water from the<br />

testing was by an independent laboratory. equalising tank to feed directly with a CDS<br />

EcoClean continued to operate the plant via technology. The CDS technology was quoted<br />

the supervisory control and data acquisition in the fifth edition of wastewater engineering<br />

(SCADA) system during the lockdown. treatment and resource recovery as a grit<br />

separator for combined wastewater and<br />

The results were submitted to the authority stormwater.* The CDS technology indirect<br />

regularly after 3 months of operation, along screening was also reportedly used for the<br />

with weekly lab results done on the water first time in Malaysia (Fig. 1).<br />

Fig. 1: Illustration of CDS technology and indirect screening<br />

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HOTSEAT<br />

The second process after the<br />

CDS-gross screen separator (GSS)<br />

separation involves flocculation<br />

whereby the sullage water —<br />

treated by the CDS-GSS unit with<br />

70% TSS removed — goes through<br />

the flocculation process. Further<br />

reaction will occur when the<br />

remaining fine particles form flocs<br />

and is further trapped by the next<br />

CDS-GSS unit which has a finer<br />

separation screen than the first<br />

CDS-GSS unit.<br />

The trapped flocs residue will be<br />

purged — when it is full at the<br />

sump below the screen — to a<br />

separate dee bag sludge treatment<br />

process unit. The flow which has<br />

most of the fine TSS removed, will<br />

continue to reach the following<br />

detention tank for the biological<br />

treatment. The inside of this tank<br />

consists of suspended biofibre<br />

cords in submerged cages with<br />

cultured bacteria. Below these<br />

cages is the network of aeration<br />

piping with fine bubble diffusers.<br />

This is an aerobic process to<br />

enable attached growth on the<br />

biofibre chords to form a biofilm<br />

colony. Biofilm will consume the<br />

nutrients — organic and inorganic<br />

— from the sullage water.<br />

Interceptors<br />

<strong>Water</strong> collected<br />

from manholes<br />

of intermediate subindices.<br />

Calculations were performed on<br />

the water quality parameters to<br />

find individual subindices to get<br />

WQI classification (Fig. 3). The<br />

WQI result on the first month of<br />

operation of Tiong Nam SWTP<br />

was 56.52 which fell under the<br />

polluted category as the system<br />

only kickstarted and the bacteria<br />

was not fully grown and mature.<br />

However, in the following months,<br />

the WQI fell under the clean<br />

category which are 90.28 and<br />

92.01. Thus, the CDS units with<br />

integrated Tiong Nam SWTP<br />

treatment system had been<br />

effective in treating the polluted<br />

sullage water quality within a<br />

month of its commissioning.<br />

Parameter<br />

Pump sump<br />

SWTP<br />

Control panel<br />

room<br />

CDS-GSS<br />

F1518<br />

Dosing<br />

system<br />

Index range<br />

CONCLUSION<br />

This SWTP, designed by<br />

EcoClean Technology, made use<br />

of the CDS technology to treat<br />

sullage water in the rivers, which<br />

the WQI of class IV and V were<br />

raised to class IIA. The water<br />

quality of class IIA is considered<br />

a standard except for traces of<br />

E-Coli where further treatment<br />

like ozonation or UV disinfectant<br />

could be applied. Therefore,<br />

the stormwater loop has been<br />

closed and a circular economy<br />

is created by making effluents<br />

reusable for non-potable<br />

purposes.<br />

Equalisation tank<br />

Treated water tank<br />

*References are available upon request<br />

Images: EcoClean Technology<br />

Clean Slightly polluted Polluted<br />

WQI 81-100 60-80 0-59<br />

River<br />

Bioflocculation and<br />

coagulation tank<br />

CDS-FSS F1518C<br />

CDS-FSS F1518<br />

Bioreactor<br />

Fig. 2: Overall<br />

Tiong Nam SWTP flow<br />

process designed by<br />

EcoClean Technology<br />

Fig. 3: WQI<br />

classification<br />

With the expectation of biomass<br />

formation and shaken off as<br />

suspended biomass in the<br />

bioreactor tank under the constant<br />

supply of air, the fully treated<br />

sullage water is pumped through<br />

and further purified via the last<br />

unit of hybrid CDS-fine screen<br />

separator (FSS)-inclined plate<br />

clarifier (IPC) and stored in a clear<br />

water tank to be overflown out<br />

constantly to the adjacent Gombak<br />

river (Fig. 2).<br />

RESULTS<br />

The WQI was calculated using six<br />

parameters: DO, BOD, COD, TSS,<br />

AN, and pH with the inclusion<br />

Yale Wong<br />

Managing director, EcoClean Technology<br />

Prof Teo Fang Yenn<br />

Associate dean, faculty of science<br />

and engineering, University of<br />

Nottingham Malaysia<br />

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[Trade Fair] Vietwater 2023<br />

11-13 Oct 2023, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam<br />

NEWSLETTER<br />

OF THE<br />

SINGAPORE<br />

WATER<br />

ASSOCIATION<br />

BRINGING<br />

A NEW VIBRANCY<br />

TO SINGAPORE’S<br />

GROWING<br />

WATER INDUSTRY<br />

SWA spearheaded the Singapore pavilion at the 14th Vietwater<br />

2023 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. The pavilion hosted 7 companies<br />

within a 90m 2 of exhibition space, benefitting from a subsidy of up<br />

to 70% on booth participation fees. The three-day event offered<br />

business prospects for Singaporean exhibitors. It provided a platform<br />

to showcase their water-related expertise and solutions, attract<br />

inquiries for technologies, engage in trade with solution providers,<br />

exchange practices, and stay abreast of global trends. This has<br />

prompted exhibitors to participate again in <strong>2024</strong>, scheduled from<br />

6-8 Nov <strong>2024</strong>.


[Event] Third meeting of SG <strong>Water</strong> Internationalisation Networking Club<br />

27 Oct 2023, CALI, Ascott Raffles Place Singapore<br />

The third meeting of SG <strong>Water</strong> Internationalisation Networking<br />

Club (INC) convened 25 attendees. Charles Lim, senior<br />

development partner at Enterprise Singapore, provided insights<br />

about market sharing in Vietnam. Tan Tian Luh, director at<br />

Chancery Law Corporation, addressed the assembly on risk<br />

management in overseas contracting. He conducted a SWA<br />

masterclass training session centred around the Public Sector<br />

Standard Conditions Of Contract (PSSCOC) and FIDIC Silver Book.<br />

The meeting also included <strong>2024</strong> work plan discussions, culminating<br />

in a networking session with canapes, dinner, beer and wine.<br />

[Event] The 49th Singapore <strong>Water</strong> Industry Nite<br />

2 Nov 2023, Peirce auditorium, PUB <strong>Water</strong>Hub<br />

The 49th edition of Singapore <strong>Water</strong> Industry Nite (SWIN)<br />

was sponsored by ROXTEC Singapore. The event featured<br />

various programme highlights, including a welcome address<br />

and updates delivered by SWA, insights shared by ROXTEC<br />

Singapore and a presentation by PUB, Singapore's National<br />

<strong>Water</strong> Agency, on water recycling opportunities and funding<br />

support. Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)<br />

introduced the centre for climate adaption and ripple2wave<br />

provided an informative sharing. PUB also sponsored<br />

Newbrew, which was served during the networking dinner with<br />

bartending cocktails, catering to over 130 guests and members<br />

in attendance.


[Visit] Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara Malaysia<br />

15 Nov 2023, Singapore <strong>Water</strong> Exchange (SgWX)<br />

The Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN) delegation,<br />

representing PUB counterpart overseeing water services in<br />

Malaysia, met SWA members. They were presented with solutions<br />

by SEA 2023 exhibitors and SG <strong>Water</strong> Inc members — Aquax, HSL<br />

Constructor, Novexx and Tigernix. SPAN’s visit focused on learning<br />

about distribution loss and Singapore's technologies for leakage<br />

prevention; understanding PUB regulatory roles and strategies for<br />

efficient water use; exploring sewerage catchment management;<br />

and Singapore's deep tunnel system. The event was attended by<br />

30 SWA members, extended with a networking lunch.<br />

[Event] Coastal protection, securing a<br />

resilient future for Singapore<br />

17 Nov 2023, Enterprise Singapore, Bugis Junction<br />

The sharing session underscored the vulnerability of Singapore<br />

coastal areas. With these challenges, urgent action is crucial to<br />

safeguard and preserve shorelines. This discussion forum served<br />

as a platform to address coastal protection, a pivotal aspect in<br />

ensuring Singapore's future security. Plans to establish a ‘SWA<br />

Coastal Protection Chapter’ was also unveiled during this event.<br />

Commencing with a welcome address by Charles Quek, SWA<br />

council vice-president of general affairs, and opening remarks<br />

from Hazel Khoo, director of coastal protection at PUB, the<br />

session featured insights from various speakers. James Lam, SWA<br />

chair of Protem committee; Celine Teo, senior assistant director<br />

of coastal protection department; Peter Ho, representing the<br />

forum for climate change adaptation; and Peter Stones from Arup<br />

provided industry perspectives. The session offered insights to<br />

120 attendees and concluded with a brief networking tea break.


[Trade Fair] Sustainability<br />

Environment <strong>Asia</strong> 2023<br />

22-24 Nov 2023, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia<br />

SWA led the Singapore pavilion at the inaugural Sustainability<br />

Environment <strong>Asia</strong> (SEA) 2023 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre<br />

(KLCC) from 22-24 Nov 2023 with a total space of 126m 2 shared by<br />

five Singapore companies. Singapore exhibitors enjoyed the Local<br />

Enterprise and Association Development International Fairs and<br />

Missions (LEAD IFM) subsidy of up to 70% on booth participating<br />

fees.<br />

SWA led a business mission with 15-member delegation to Indah<br />

<strong>Water</strong> Konsortium, Langat wastewater treatment plant (WWTP),<br />

and Air Selangor, Langat water treatment plant (WTP), on 21 Nov<br />

2023. On 22 Nov 2023, the Singapore business forum helped<br />

facilitate B2B meetings with Malaysia <strong>Water</strong> Association (MWA)<br />

members to create new business partnerships. SWA vice-president<br />

Quek was also interviewed by Malaysian news media Bernama at<br />

the show and he shared about getting ASEAN countries to work<br />

together in addressing climate change and sustainability.<br />

[Visit] Central Taiwan Science Park<br />

29 Nov 2023, Pierce auditorium, PUB <strong>Water</strong>Hub<br />

The event provided an overview of Central Taiwan Science<br />

Park (CTSP) growth, technological advancements, and its<br />

role in driving industrial development. Twenty attendees<br />

learned about the achievements and the strategic vision<br />

guiding its future initiatives. A networking lunch was<br />

provided at the end of the session by Wilo Group. Plans are<br />

underway for a mission trip to CTSP in <strong>2024</strong>.


UPCOMING SWA ACTIVITIES<br />

[Trade Fair] <strong>Asia</strong>water <strong>2024</strong><br />

23-25 Apr <strong>2024</strong>, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia<br />

SWA is set to oversee a 240m 2 Singapore pavilion at the 13th<br />

edition of <strong>Asia</strong>water <strong>2024</strong>, scheduled to take place at KLCC from<br />

23-25 Apr <strong>2024</strong>. This event stands as an extensive international<br />

gathering for water and wastewater in emerging <strong>Asia</strong>. It<br />

will exhibit high-tech low-cost products and solutions from<br />

worldwide sources, highlighting advancements in water resources<br />

management, sewerage, industrial wastewater treatment,<br />

purification, irrigation, and other related fields. Grant support of<br />

up to 70% from Enterprise Singapore can be given to exhibitors.<br />

For more information, please contact jasvinder@swa.org.sg.<br />

SWA WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS<br />

(joined from October-November 2023)<br />

ORDINARY<br />

1. Mlion Corporation Pte Ltd<br />

2. Woh Hup (Private) Ltd<br />

3. Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors bv<br />

INDIVIDUAL<br />

1. Dr Lin Quanhong<br />

ASSOCIATE<br />

1. Binder Instrumentation Pte Ltd<br />

2. Tigernix Pte Ltd<br />

<strong>2024</strong> EVENTS CALENDAR<br />

We look forward to your support in <strong>2024</strong>. Download the event<br />

calendar: https://www.swa.org.sg/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/<br />

Calendar-of-SWA-Workplan-<strong>2024</strong>.pdf.<br />

For queries, please contact SWA at T: 65150812 or<br />

enquiry@swa.org.sg. To stay connected, visit https://www.swa.org.sg,<br />

and follow us on Telegram, LinkedIn, Instagram and WhatsApp.<br />

JOIN SWA?<br />

SWA welcomes organisations from the water and wastewater<br />

industry to join as either ordinary, associate or institutional member.<br />

Sign up at https://www.swa.org.sg/membership/sign-up-online.


ON OUR RADAR<br />

New KSB<br />

submersible pumps<br />

in discharge tube for<br />

a range of applications<br />

KSB group has launched a new<br />

submersible pump in discharge<br />

tube with open multi-vane impeller<br />

in Q4 2023. The type series has<br />

been named AmaCan D. Its main<br />

application is transporting large<br />

volumes of municipal or industrial<br />

water as well as wastewater from<br />

stormwater, drainage and irrigation<br />

pumping stations. When selected<br />

with optional corrosion-resistant<br />

and abrasion-resistant materials,<br />

the type series can also be used in<br />

water pollution and flood control or<br />

in seawater aquaculture systems.<br />

The pump generates a maximum<br />

flow rate of 8000m3/hr and a<br />

maximum discharge head of about<br />

30m. The highest motor rating<br />

available as standard is 340kW.<br />

Priorities set by the developers<br />

were to achieve a high operating<br />

reliability of the waste water<br />

hydraulic systems as well as high<br />

hydraulic efficiencies. Here, typical<br />

operating ranges of submersible<br />

pumps in discharge tube were<br />

focused.<br />

The outer design of the pump<br />

sets has been shaped by the<br />

manufacturer for this type of<br />

pumps. The pump’s self-centering<br />

and non-positive seating in the<br />

discharge tube, sealed by an<br />

O-ring, makes it easy to install<br />

and remove. No anchoring or<br />

anti-rotation elements are<br />

needed.<br />

Integrated and intelligent sensor<br />

monitoring detects any vibrations<br />

or leakages and measures the<br />

temperature of bearings and motor.<br />

It provides continuous supervision<br />

of operation and early detection of<br />

malfunctions as well as the option<br />

of predictive maintenance. With<br />

regard to low electricity consumption,<br />

the drives of submersible pumps<br />

in discharge tube also play a role.<br />

Hence, all electric motors are of an<br />

efficiency corresponding to class<br />

IE3 for standardised motors to IEC<br />

60034-30. This is important for<br />

powerful pumps with a high frequency<br />

of starts.<br />

Two bidirectional mechanical<br />

seals prevent water ingress into<br />

the motor space. A chamber filled<br />

with environmentally-friendly oil<br />

ensures cooling and lubrication of<br />

the mechanical seals even when<br />

gas-laden fluids have to be pumped.<br />

Dimensioned ball bearings sealed for<br />

life support the stainless steel shaft.<br />

The design of the cable gland:<br />

individual conductors stripped, tinned<br />

and sealed in resin ensure that the<br />

cable gland is watertight. In the event<br />

of damage to the cable sheath or<br />

the insulation, the pump is protected<br />

against short circuits due to its<br />

design. To ensure that the pumps can<br />

be dismantled after years of operation<br />

under tough conditions, all wetted<br />

screwed connections are made of<br />

high-grade stainless steel.<br />

1 AmaCan D<br />

(Image: KSB)<br />

2 D Impeller<br />

(Image: KSB)<br />

1<br />

2<br />

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ON OUR RADAR<br />

Sumitomo speed<br />

reducer: Cyclo 6000<br />

With over eight decades of history,<br />

Cyclo technology has been<br />

integrated into one of Sumitomo Drive<br />

technologies products — Cyclo 6000<br />

— which is synonymous to a speed<br />

reducer.<br />

Unlike geared designs, the Cyclo<br />

reduction components operate in<br />

compression rather than shear, which<br />

reportedly results in its rugged and<br />

500% momentary shock resistant<br />

performance.<br />

This design enables the load to spread<br />

across two-third of the reduction<br />

components, allowing the units to<br />

absorb and dissipate shocks better<br />

than typical concentric drives. All<br />

torque transmitting parts reportedly<br />

roll, not grind.<br />

1<br />

The Cyclo disc rotating components<br />

are also manufactured from fully<br />

hardened, vacuum-degassed, bearing<br />

grade steel that provides minimal<br />

vibration, low noise, low backlash<br />

and extended operational life. Due to<br />

its flat Cyclo disc arrangement, it is<br />

compact, even at high reduction rates.<br />

These make the discs consistent and<br />

allow it to run on a typical operating<br />

life of 20 years. This assurance is<br />

backed with a two-year warranty on all<br />

Cyclo 6000 products.<br />

(Image: Sumitomo)<br />

On top of the mechanism and design,<br />

Cyclo 6000 housings are made of<br />

shock-resistant cast iron, except for<br />

three smallest size models. Its durable<br />

and rugged construction allows it<br />

withstand high heat, suitable for most<br />

applications. It can be manufactured in<br />

a range of reduction ratios in a single<br />

reduction, from 2.5-119. The selection<br />

and variety are wide, and reduction<br />

ratios are offered from 1/2.5-1/119<br />

for single stage and ratios up to<br />

658503:1 for triple stages. They are<br />

said to be easily configured to both<br />

double and triple reduction types by<br />

layering the reducer mechanisms.<br />

Over the years, Cyclo 6000 has<br />

run on a variety of applications<br />

across different industries, such<br />

as mixers, pumps, wastewater<br />

treatment, conveyors, automotive<br />

plants, recycling machines, steel<br />

mills, construction equipment,<br />

paper mills, palm oil mills, food<br />

machinery, poultry plants, sawmills<br />

and wood mills and processing<br />

plants.<br />

1 The Cyclo design<br />

provides quiet<br />

and efficient<br />

performance,<br />

making both<br />

its speed<br />

reducers and<br />

gearmotors<br />

series, the<br />

premier in-line<br />

drives (Image:<br />

Sumitomo)<br />

56 <strong>Water</strong> & <strong>Wastewater</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>January</strong>-<strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong>


ON OUR RADAR<br />

New SO-3<br />

screw compressor<br />

from BOGE<br />

BOGE SO-3 oil-free screw compressor has<br />

improved energy efficiency (Image: BOGE)<br />

With the introduction of the SO-3<br />

oil-free screw compressor, BOGE<br />

has improved the energy efficiency<br />

of its SO series. The specific power<br />

consumption has been increased<br />

by 8%. The developed air end of<br />

the compressor has low speeds,<br />

and subsequently low compressor<br />

temperatures, with its wear-resistant<br />

design. The integrated IE4 drive<br />

motor also contributes to its<br />

cost-effective operation. The<br />

cooling system has low compression<br />

and output temperatures. While the<br />

screw compressor is compact, the<br />

components are still accessible for<br />

maintenance purposes. Specific<br />

sound insulation measures have<br />

been implemented to reduce noise<br />

levels. The compressor is available<br />

with frequency control and heat<br />

recovery, as required.<br />

“What BOGE offers is maximum<br />

flexibility and additional options<br />

to increase efficiency,” said Nalin<br />

Amunugama, general manager,<br />

BOGE Kompressoren <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific.<br />

“The heat recovery enables up to<br />

94% of the applied energy to be used<br />

to heat the service water and for the<br />

heating system.”<br />

In the total cost of ownership<br />

evaluation, the compressor has low<br />

total costs over its entire life cycle.<br />

Further advantages include the large<br />

control range, quiet operation and<br />

the option to recover heat from hot<br />

water temperatures of up to 90°C.<br />

OPTIMUM ADJUSTMENT TO<br />

EXISTING REQUIREMENTS<br />

The SO-3 is also equipped with<br />

the optional service tool BOGE<br />

connect. The compressed air<br />

expert provides a compressed<br />

air management system. “All of<br />

the operating parameters are<br />

continuously recorded, visualised<br />

and analysed in our portal potential<br />

optimisations,” Amunugama added.<br />

With options to connect<br />

adsorptions dryers and<br />

other accessories, the BOGE<br />

SO-3 screw compressor is a<br />

customised solution for a variety<br />

of applications that require large<br />

quantities of high-quality, oil-free<br />

compressed air. This ensures<br />

the compressor can be used in<br />

different sectors such as the<br />

pharmaceutical, F&B and textile<br />

industries; mechanical engineering<br />

applications and industrial coating<br />

companies.<br />

<strong>Water</strong> & <strong>Wastewater</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>January</strong>-<strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong> 57


ON OUR RADAR<br />

Transmitter for precise<br />

drinking water flow<br />

measurements<br />

NIVUS NivuFlow 600WS, a system for<br />

non-contact flow measurement, is developed for<br />

drinking water applications as a new standard<br />

for measuring and monitoring drinking water<br />

flows. The measurement system is said to have<br />

a simple installation without the need to interrupt<br />

the process along with its high measurement<br />

accuracy.<br />

1<br />

2<br />

The NivuFlow 600WS records<br />

and monitors all system-relevant<br />

parameters such as the flow rate,<br />

flow speed and water temperature,<br />

including low flow speeds of<br />

up to 3cm/sec. The NivuFlow<br />

600WS is also suitable for leakage<br />

monitoring in the drinking water<br />

network with simultaneous<br />

monitoring of the temperature<br />

relevant for hygienic operation.<br />

Commissioning is straightforward<br />

due to the menu-supported sensor<br />

alignment. The measurement<br />

system is reportedly suitable<br />

for common pipe materials<br />

and pipe linings. It can also be<br />

installed directly in the ground<br />

without the need for a shaft<br />

structure. The IP68 clamp-on<br />

sensors are clamped onto the<br />

pipe from the outside. This<br />

mounting prevents frequent<br />

opening and, if necessary, cut<br />

the pipe and then flush the pipe.<br />

The intuitive operating concept<br />

of the transmitter enables quick<br />

commissioning and also on-site<br />

diagnostics with Internet of Things<br />

(IoT)-ready function and 4G<br />

connection.<br />

1 The system also has measurement<br />

dynamics and is suitable for<br />

bidirectional measurements<br />

(Image: NIVUS)<br />

2 Flow transmitter for drinking<br />

water applications (Image: NIVUS)<br />

Furthermore, the sensors do not<br />

come into contact with the drinking<br />

water, guaranteeing hygiene and<br />

making the measurement system<br />

suitable for retrofitting to existing<br />

systems. Operations can continue<br />

smoothly while the measurement<br />

is set-up within minutes. Typical<br />

applications include flow<br />

measurements in drinking water<br />

tanks, pumping stations and<br />

treatment plants.<br />

58 <strong>Water</strong> & <strong>Wastewater</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>January</strong>-<strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong>


ON OUR RADAR<br />

ANDRITZ C-press<br />

screw press:<br />

The operator-friendly<br />

technology for<br />

dewatering<br />

mode with user-friendly control system,<br />

minimum operator supervision is required.<br />

This makes it ideal for small-scale startup<br />

WWTPs.<br />

LOW MAINTENANCE AND<br />

HIGH PERFORMANCE SYSTEM<br />

The ANDRITZ C-press is also reportedly<br />

designed with quality materials for a longer<br />

life cycle and with fewer wear parts. Due<br />

to its design, machine maintenance can be<br />

conducted easily without removing screw<br />

and basket from the frame. When necessary,<br />

the inner screen can be exchanged without<br />

having to replace the complete basket. This<br />

is said to reduce downtime and increase<br />

machine availability.<br />

With its direct drive system and conical shaft<br />

with constant screw pitch, the complete<br />

C-press screw press range — with the<br />

C12060 being the largest — has feed<br />

capacities ranging from 1-95m³/hr and offers<br />

outlet capacities from 20-1,300kg of dry<br />

solids per hour.<br />

ANDRITZ C-press C12060 — one of the highest capacity<br />

screw presses on the market with an average dry-solids<br />

throughput of 420-1,300kg/hr (Image: ANDRITZ)<br />

The ANDRITZ C-press is a screw press<br />

providing high performance with low<br />

operating costs for sludge dewatering<br />

in municipal and industrial wastewater<br />

treatment plants (WWTPs). It is reportedly<br />

developed with long-standing expertise in<br />

designing and manufacturing screw presses.<br />

Globally recognised, this equipment offers<br />

an array of benefits for dewatering municipal<br />

and industrial wastewater.<br />

INLINE COMPACT DESIGN AND<br />

LOW POWER CONSUMPTION<br />

The inline compact design of the C-press<br />

ensures it occupies a small footprint,<br />

making installation quick. The C-press also<br />

operates at low speed, consuming minimal<br />

energy. This low power consumption not<br />

only reduces operational costs, but also<br />

diminishes the carbon footprint of the<br />

WWTP.<br />

Maximising the open area of the basket, the<br />

C-press also offers a high specific capacity<br />

and capture rate compared to equivalent<br />

technologies. The screw velocity is adjusted<br />

automatically according to feed fluctuation to<br />

ensure a constant feed flow while delivering<br />

performance in terms of dryness and capture<br />

rate, even during washing sequences.<br />

In a statement, Nicolas Perrier, ANDRITZ<br />

product manager said that the equipment<br />

offers low consumption of water — 30% less<br />

than comparable equipment — for washing.<br />

“We do not need to stop the sludge feed<br />

to carry out washings, so we can operate<br />

continuously with greater productivity,” he<br />

said.<br />

A fully-automatic machine with continuous<br />

control of performance, screw speed,<br />

counter-pressure, and washing, the ANDRITZ<br />

C-press is said to be an operator-friendly<br />

screw press that grants consistent<br />

performance with low power consumption,<br />

emissions, and maintenance. The C-press<br />

also complies with regulations on safety,<br />

hygiene, and environmental protection issues.<br />

LOW EMISSIONS AND<br />

OPERATOR-FRIENDLY DESIGN<br />

The enclosed design of the C-press ensures<br />

minimal odour emissions, providing a clean<br />

working space. Moreover, it operates<br />

at less than 60 A-weighted decibels<br />

(dBA), reducing noise emissions, and<br />

thus promoting an overall better working<br />

environment. Operating in full-automatic<br />

Perrier added, “The C12060 — one of the<br />

highest capacities on the market — is an<br />

alternative to other large technologies<br />

for sludge dewatering, such as large belt<br />

presses, which are more energy-intensive and<br />

more demanding in maintenance. ANDRITZ<br />

has a wide range on the market to meet<br />

the separation needs of customers in the<br />

environmental sector.”<br />

<strong>Water</strong> & <strong>Wastewater</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>January</strong>-<strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong> 59


ON OUR RADAR<br />

Danfoss DST P10B CANopen<br />

pressure transmitter<br />

for sensor-level connectivity<br />

Sensor-level digital communication is<br />

necessary to push industrial applications<br />

and automation forward. As part of its<br />

mission to expand the Danfoss Smart<br />

Sensor portfolio, the DST P10B CANopen<br />

pressure transmitter is introduced. It<br />

is said to be the first release of a new<br />

pressure transmitter platform built on<br />

the DST P1XX product range with several<br />

fieldbus protocols in scope for the future<br />

— supporting greater energy efficiency,<br />

operational optimisation, and performance.<br />

1<br />

2<br />

1 CAN bus connectivity<br />

provides smart sensor<br />

data with scalability<br />

(Image: Danfoss)<br />

2 DST P10B CANopen<br />

pressure transmitter<br />

(Image: Danfoss)<br />

Built on top of DST P1XX pressure<br />

transmitter, the DST P10B delivers a<br />

CANopen DS301/DS404 communication<br />

profile to add sensors to existing<br />

high-level fieldbus communication<br />

in water distribution; air compressor;<br />

heating, ventilation, air conditioning<br />

and refrigeration (HVACR); and<br />

other applications. The embedded<br />

communication protocol allows for more<br />

sophisticated communication between<br />

the sensor and the application interface<br />

to create and access new features for<br />

optimised performance while reducing<br />

complexity.<br />

“The DST P10B CANopen pressure<br />

transmitter helps our customers keep<br />

pace with industry trends, new application<br />

requirements, and the ongoing Industry<br />

4.0 journey,” said Peter Sonderriis, market<br />

segment manager at Danfoss Climate<br />

Solutions.<br />

Its features are actionable data and<br />

boosted reliability due to optimised<br />

packaging of the microelectromechanical<br />

system (MEMS) sensor element. The<br />

signal-conditioning electronics are<br />

vibration-, heat-, and moisture-resistant,<br />

and optimised with a faster time-to-market<br />

due to the ‘test-to-failure’ development<br />

process. The diagnostics integrate<br />

electronic capabilities in the actionable<br />

sensor data give more accurate and<br />

cost-saving troubleshooting. Furthermore,<br />

the new modular electronics platform and<br />

fieldbus interface enable finetuning the<br />

sensor to specific application needs for<br />

simple scalability. Connecting the sensor<br />

to the fieldbus channel simplifies the<br />

wire harness and streamlines root cause<br />

analysis, lowering system cost.<br />

Industries have been empowered by<br />

digitalisation, gaining more efficiency,<br />

optimised performance, and safety<br />

from their applications. When smart<br />

communication on the sensor level is<br />

added, Danfoss reportedly helps customers<br />

build solutions in demanding industrial<br />

applications. Iro Dragoumi, portfolio and<br />

business development manager at Danfoss<br />

Sensing Solutions, said, “The key advantage<br />

is that fieldbus communication allows you<br />

to access more actionable sensor data —<br />

from diagnostics to part information — to<br />

reduce application complexity, increase the<br />

quality of the monitoring system, and boost<br />

uptime.”<br />

The benefits of CAN bus communication<br />

include a simplified wire harness at the<br />

edge. Smart sensors can be daisy-chained<br />

to a fieldbus cable rather than requiring<br />

individual cables running to the controller<br />

as in analogue sensors in an advanced<br />

application control loop. Digital fieldbus<br />

sensors relieve adding analogue sensors to<br />

application-specific controllers, making it<br />

simple to expand the communication protocol<br />

down to the sensor and actuator level. With<br />

fieldbus communication, each sensor is said<br />

to have its unique identification supporting<br />

easier troubleshooting and a higher quality of<br />

information being sent to the controller.<br />

The application data gathered by smart<br />

sensors are the key to driving future<br />

industrial developments feeding new<br />

innovations such as machine learning (ML)<br />

and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms<br />

for predictive maintenance, machine<br />

health monitoring, and boosting system<br />

performance. With the introduction of<br />

the DST P10B CANopen and the ongoing<br />

expansion of the DST P1XX platform<br />

with CAN bus protocols, Danfoss helps<br />

customers navigate the digital sensor<br />

frontier.<br />

60 <strong>Water</strong> & <strong>Wastewater</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>January</strong>-<strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong>


ON OUR RADAR<br />

GWS ASME series:<br />

Heavy duty pressure vessels<br />

GWS is a manufacturer of pressure<br />

vessels built to the American<br />

Society of Mechanical Engineers<br />

(ASME) boiler and pressure vessel<br />

code, one of the world’s most<br />

rigorous quality standards.<br />

With design, fabrication, assembly,<br />

and inspection carried out in GWS’<br />

own ASME-accredited facility,<br />

these pressure vessels ensure<br />

the safety, reliability and peace<br />

of mind for customers’ most<br />

challenging applications. Standard<br />

volumes range from 60-3,000L<br />

with a 10bar pressure rating and<br />

interchangeable membrane design.<br />

All vessels are manufactured in an<br />

ISO 9001/14001/45001 approved<br />

facility.<br />

In addition to the standard<br />

range, GWS also offers a suite of<br />

ASME pressure vessel design and<br />

fabrication services for custom<br />

sizes and pressure ratings to suit<br />

any application, and supplies<br />

these with U-stamp to ensure<br />

regulatory compliance.<br />

Certified to ASME boiler and<br />

pressure section VIII division 1<br />

code, permanent data record is<br />

maintained for each vessel<br />

(Image: GWS)<br />

Emerson launches compact<br />

valve position indicator<br />

for quick commissioning<br />

Emerson’s new TopWorx DVR switchbox —<br />

an entry-level addition to the DV series of<br />

valve position indicators combines a durable<br />

resin enclosure, compact size and a cam<br />

design — provides water and wastewater<br />

systems, F&B production lines and industrial<br />

utilities a valve position feedback tool.<br />

The TopWorx DVR switchbox uses a low<br />

profile indication to provide easy-to-read<br />

local position feedback. This is real-time<br />

data that helps plant operators keep<br />

processes on target. Engineered for harsh<br />

environments, it features stainless steel<br />

components to provide a corrosion-resistant<br />

valve indication solution to keep processes<br />

running smoothly. Clear feedback of valve<br />

position helps process industry plants,<br />

platforms and pipelines<br />

operate safely without<br />

taking up additional<br />

production line footprint.<br />

Its cam design enables<br />

swift position configuration<br />

for faster installation<br />

and maintenance. For<br />

many process industry<br />

applications, it provides a<br />

compact design suited for confined<br />

spaces. In addition, its enclosure has UV<br />

F1 rating, providing UV resistance that<br />

ensures it performs over the long-term in<br />

outdoor conditions. This switchbox is in the<br />

TopWorx valve intelligence and proximity<br />

sensing portfolio from Emerson, designed<br />

The TopWorx DVR switchbox is a durable<br />

valve positioner that provides open and close<br />

valve position feedback (Image: Emerson)<br />

to help process industry plants manage and<br />

control operations more intelligently under<br />

demanding conditions.<br />

<strong>Water</strong> & <strong>Wastewater</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>January</strong>-<strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong> 61


SHOW REVIEW<br />

SEA 2023 highlights<br />

growing regional efforts<br />

for a green future<br />

1 2<br />

3<br />

1 The seminars organised<br />

by SEA exhibitors delved<br />

into advancements<br />

in sustainable and<br />

environmental practices,<br />

delivering an overview<br />

of news in this industry<br />

2 Industries represented<br />

were water and<br />

wastewater, and green<br />

technology<br />

3 This assembly brought<br />

stakeholders in the<br />

sustainability industry<br />

across South East <strong>Asia</strong><br />

The inaugural Sustainability Environment<br />

<strong>Asia</strong> (SEA) was held from 22-24 Nov 2023<br />

at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC),<br />

Malaysia. This event was co-located<br />

with E-Mobility <strong>Asia</strong> (EMA). This event<br />

marked the collective effort to address<br />

environmental challenges, promote<br />

sustainable practices, and advocate for a<br />

lifestyle centred around sustainability.<br />

The opening ceremony was graced by<br />

the presence of Tengku Zafrul, Minister<br />

of Investment, Trade, and Industry (MITI).<br />

The two events showcased 62 exhibiting<br />

companies and drew over 6,000 trade<br />

visitors and delegates from 34 countries.<br />

Participants included The Electrical<br />

and Electronics Association of Malaysia<br />

(TEEAM), ESG Association of Malaysia<br />

(ESGAM), Malaysia <strong>Water</strong> Association<br />

(MWA), Malaysian Recycling Alliance<br />

(MAREA), Singapore <strong>Water</strong> Association<br />

(SWA), and Taiwan Environmental<br />

Manufacturers Association (TEMA). SEA<br />

emerged as a platform for interactions<br />

between buyers and sellers, facilitating<br />

connections with stakeholders. Vivien<br />

Seong, SWA executive director, said the<br />

association will be back next year and<br />

looked forward to engaging with coastal<br />

management and flood management<br />

companies.<br />

Visitors could explore technologies and<br />

the trends in sustainability landscape. The<br />

event provided an opportunity to engage in<br />

the Singapore business forum and business<br />

matching, organised by SWA in collaboration<br />

with MWA. Visitors also participated in the<br />

‘Women in Sustainability’ forum, featuring<br />

experts from the Philippines and Malaysia,<br />

showcasing the role of women in driving<br />

sustainability initiatives. These sessions<br />

offered a perspective on contemporary<br />

affairs within the realm of sustainability. The<br />

second edition of SEA is scheduled to take<br />

place from 12-14 Nov <strong>2024</strong> at KLCC.<br />

Images: SEA 2023<br />

62 <strong>Water</strong> & <strong>Wastewater</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>January</strong>-<strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong>


WHAT’S NEXT<br />

Events calendar<br />

<strong>2024</strong><br />

JANUARY<br />

24 – 27 <strong>January</strong><br />

WWETT, Indiana, US<br />

31 <strong>January</strong> – 2 <strong>February</strong><br />

InterAqua <strong>2024</strong>, Tokyo, Japan<br />

JULY<br />

3 – 5 July<br />

Thai <strong>Water</strong> Expo, Bangkok, Thailand<br />

30 July – 1 August<br />

Pump & Valves Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia<br />

FEBRUARY<br />

20 – 21 <strong>February</strong><br />

World <strong>Water</strong>-Tech, London, UK<br />

APRIL<br />

16 – 18 April<br />

World Future Energy Summit,<br />

Abu Dhabi, UAE<br />

18 – 20 April<br />

IE expo China, Shanghai, China<br />

23 – 25 April<br />

<strong>Asia</strong><strong>Water</strong>, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia<br />

30 April – 2 May<br />

Ozwater, Sydney, Australia<br />

MAY<br />

13 – 17 May<br />

IFAT, Munich, Germany<br />

18 – 24 May<br />

10th World <strong>Water</strong> Forum, Bali, Indonesia<br />

JUNE<br />

10 – 14 June<br />

ACHEMA, Frankfurt, Germany<br />

AUGUST<br />

11 – 15 August<br />

IWA World <strong>Water</strong> Congress & Exhibition,<br />

Toronto, Canada<br />

28 – 31 August<br />

<strong>Water</strong> Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia<br />

SEPTEMBER<br />

4 - 6 September<br />

IWRA Islands <strong>Water</strong> Congress<br />

Tórshavn, Faroe Islands<br />

18 – 20 September<br />

Indo <strong>Water</strong> Expo & Forum,<br />

Jakarta, Indonesia<br />

NOVEMBER<br />

6 – 8 November<br />

Vietwater, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam<br />

DECEMBER<br />

11 – 13 December<br />

Aquatech China, Shanghai, China<br />

18 – 22 June<br />

SIWW, Singapore<br />

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